Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Senior Australian of the Year


2020 TAS Senior Australian of the Year Nominee

Sarah Parry

State: Tasmania

Sail trainer and youth mentor

For 20 years, Sarah Parry has helped young Tasmanians develop their leadership skills, and access recreation and employment in marine industries.

As Captain and Trustee of the Windeward Bound Trust and Foundation, Sarah draws on her background in the Royal Australian Navy to deliver the Rotary Youth Leadership Challenge for 10 young Tasmanians with leadership potential, and 10 youth from refugee backgrounds.

The 10-day voyage combines education on ship life with youth development, equipping young people with the skills and confidence they need to achieve their full potential.
Sarah also runs three, eight and ten-day sail training voyages for at-risk youth. These voyages help connect them with peers and mentors who can guide them into employment.

In 2017, Sarah was named International Sail Trainer of the Year. Her next venture with the Department of Jobs and Tasmanian Department of State Growth will see her training 18 Tasmanian jobseekers to become workplace-ready, by helping them restore a historic sailing vessel.


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