Honour roll

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

Young Australian of the Year

State and Territory Recipient

2007 WA Young Australian of the Year

Darren Lomman

State: Western Australia

Innovative engineer

Darren Lomman makes dreams come true. A chance meeting with someone who had lost the use of his legs set Darren on a course that consumed him for more than two years. The injured motorcross rider he met had one wish – to ride again. So this young engineering student designed and built a motorcycle for paraplegic riders that won him an award for his innovative contribution to biomedical engineering. His hand-controlled motorbike is the first of its kind to be registered for road use and now, along with final year engineering students, he is working on a hovercraft and a ski boat. Darren founded the Disabled Recreation Club, enabling people with disabilities to socialise in a non-competitive sporting environment, and set up a trust that funds other equipment design projects for people with disabilities. Darren clearly follows his own advice – make the dreams of today become the opportunities of tomorrow.