Honour roll

Past Award Finalists and Recipients

Young Australian of the Year

State Finalist

Age received award: 24 years old
Town: Port Headland
State: Western Australia

State Finalist Young Australian of the Year 2009

Annabelle Coppin

Beef cattle producer

Growing up on an isolated cattle property in the Pilbara, Annabelle Coppin has risen to become a spokesperson and leading light in the live-export industry. She has been fascinated by the cattle industry ever since she was a small child and has become a passionate advocate for the Australian beef industry, both in Australia and overseas. Recently she became one of the youngest people in Australia ever to be awarded the prestigious Nuffield Scholarship. She plans to use her scholarship to study beef export trends by going to the Middle East, Indonesia and South America. Annabelle currently manages a 2,300-hectare property, beginning work before the sun rises and ending long after the sun has gone down. ‘Agriculture is just something that burns inside me,’ she says. ‘If you ever get the privilege to experience it, you’ll realise that the sky’s the limit – there are so many endless opportunities.’

Annabelle has shown great initiative and displayed a maturity and character well above her age. She is a dynamic advocate for her industry and is always working hard to improve the beef trade.