Youth Achievers

Our district has a knack of producing people that excel at the highest level. People like former Prime Minister Jenny Shipley; New Zealand cyclist, coach and Olympic medallist Hayden Roulston; and international operatic sensation Simon O’Neill. The next generation of Ashburton superstars are starting to make their mark. I’d like to highlight two such young people achieving at the highest level in their chosen field.

Tyler Stuthridge, Regional Manager at SealesWinslow, was recently awarded a Great Leader Award at Ballance’s Great People Awards. This award is open to all individuals across Ballance’s nationwide agri-service providers, who motivate and inspire others to unleash their potential.

The judges said that Tyler showed exceptional leadership in the face of extreme challenges. In December last year, the SealesWinslow Mill was ravaged by fire – one of the largest fires in the Ashburton District in recent years - and suffered extensive damage as a result.

While the plant has only recently reopened, Tyler’s hard work and determination meant that he had normal services up and running within a matter of weeks. He made sure no customers missed out on an order.  

What particularly impressed the judges was the way Tyler was able to bring his team together through this tough time. He worked hard to provide support and reassurance , maintained a positive outlook throughout, and led his team with genuine empathy and compassion.

The judges commented that Tyler had seen more in the past 12 months than most leaders would see in their entire careers. That’s quite a feat for someone so young and something that will hold him in great stead for the future. I have been lucky enough to meet Tyler and see him in his element and I couldn’t agree more with the judges’ comments. I look forward to seeing what else Tyler goes on to achieve.

Matthew Clough is another young man doing our region proud. Last month, the 17-year-old competed in the ITU World Multisport Championships in Denmark and took home two silvers – one in the under-19 aquathlon and the other in the 18 – 19 age group cross triathlon.

These are incredibly tough events and to beat out older and more experienced athletes is a testament to Matthew’s passion and dedication. He was only a few seconds off winning the gold in the aquathlon – a one kilometre open water swim followed by a five kilometre run – even fighting through the pain of multiple jellyfish stings. His silver medal in the cross triathlon, consisting of a one kilometre open water swim, a 28 kilometre mountain bike and a 10 kilometre run, came in the first year he has been eligible to compete in the event.

With Denmark done and dusted, Matthew will return home for a short break before heading to Maui in October, where he will compete at the World Xterra Championships. The whole district will be right behind Matthew as he looks to continue his great run of form.

The Council is passionate about inspiring young people in the district. It works closely with the Ashburton Youth Council (AYC) and nurtures its members to become well-rounded leaders in the community. With members aged between 16 and 24 years old, AYC serves as link between young people and the Council, and initiates events such as the popular Bite Nite. Applications for next year’s AYC will open soon, so keep an eye out!

​Ashburton District Council partners with Trustpower every year to host the Trustpower Community Awards, which recognises people, groups and organisations that voluntarily dedicate their time to making our community a better place. The Trustpower Youth Community Spirit Award is open to all 17 and 18 year-old people who are making a difference in their community.

Page reviewed: 16 Aug 2018 2:25pm