Western Australian of the Year

Awards 2017

We are pleased to announce the 2017 Western Australian of the Year Award winners as:

2017 Western Australian of the Year and Business Award winner (presented by Channel Seven) – Andrew Forrest AO

Aboriginal Award (presented by Wesfarmers) – Gina Williams

Arts & Culture Award (presented by Woodside Energy) – Marcus Canning

Community Award (presented by Alcoa of Australia) – Peter Lyndon-James

Professions Award (presented by EY) – Dr. James Fitzpatrick

Sport Award (presented by Hardy Brothers Jewellers) – Dennis Cometti

Youth Award (presented by BHP) – Ryan Morich

Pictured above, from left: Celebrate WA Chairman Michael Anghie, Dr Richard Walley OAM CitWA, Ryan Morich (Youth Award Winner), Gina Williams (Aboriginal Award Winner), 2016 Western Australian of the Year Adrian Fini OAM, Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC – Governor of Western Australia, Marcus Canning (Arts & Culture Award Winner), Peter Lyndon-James (Community Award Winner), Dr James Fitzpatrick (Professions Award Winner), Dennis Cometti (Sport Award Winner). Absent: Andrew Forrest AO (Business Award Winner and 2017 Western Australian of the Year

Congratulations again to all of the above winners as well as our finalists, listed below, for their incredible achievements and contributions to the Western Australian community.

Aboriginal Award

Olive Knight (Kankawa Nagarra)
Angela Ryder
Phillip Walley-Stack
Gina Williams

Arts and Culture Award

Marcus Canning
Alec Coles OBE
Jenny Davis OAM
Lynda Dorrington

Business Award 

Julie Adams
Marion Fulker
Andrew Forrest AO

Community Award 

Fay Alford
Peter Lyndon-James
Catia Malaquias
Angie Paskevicius

Professions Award

Prof. David Blair
Dr. James Fitzpatrick
Prof. Jessica Meeuwig
Prof. Peter Thompson AM

Sport Award 

Renee Baker
Dennis Cometti
Jan Cooper
Natalie Medhurst

Youth Award 

Shelley Cable
Tash Dale
Ryan Morich
Melissa Northcott


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The Western Australian of the Year Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding contribution to our state by those born and bred in Western Australia, or those who have chosen to make Western Australia their home.

The Awards celebrate excellence in business leadership, social entrepreneurship and innovation; improving the profile of WA arts and culture; inspirational role models in the Aboriginal community; positive social, scientific and economic impact; achievement in sport; and improving the lives of young Western Australians and the community as a whole.

There are 7 categories that you can nominate for:

Celebrate WA acknowledges with gratitude and appreciation the substantial support it receives from its major supporters, award sponsors and corporate partners. 

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