Lily Kelsey competes at Lions Youth of the Year District Final

Lions District Governor Brian Grieve, Youth of the Year Chair Mike Mellefont, District Winner William Hamel from Kootingal, Maclean’s Millie Spears, Gunnedah’s Clare Canham, Nambucca Heads’ Lily Kelsey, Armidale’s Sophia Markham and Port Macquarie’s Jiya Jamu. Photo: supplied.

THE Lions Youth of the Year District Final was held on Saturday 6 April in Armidale, with Nambucca Heads High School’s Lily Kelsey proudly representing the region.

The competition so far has seen 60 students from sixteen Lions Clubs compete for the honour of representing the District in the 2024 State Finals in Sydney later this month.

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The final came down to six students who had competed for this privilege and were well supported on the day by family and Lions members from the clubs of Kootingal, Maclean, Gunnedah, Nambucca Heads, Port Macquarie and Armidale – Dumaresq.

Nambucca Heads Lions Club representative Lily Kelsey was commended for both her public speaking presentation and her school community activities.

Lily delivered a five-minute speech on ‘Making first impressions’ and ‘Leadership’ – two important factors in her roles as a Nambucca Heads school captain and as Nambucca Valley Council’s Young Citizen of the Year.

It proved to be a very closely contested final with the judges deliberating for quite some time.

The overall District Winner was judged to be William Hamel representing Kootingal Lions Club who orated on the topic ‘Why do we hope?’.

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