City of Wodonga


Young Achievers win awards

Two outstanding local youth have won Young Achiever Scheme awards this month.

Tiana Larkins, at just 14, has a long list of achievements in athletics.

She has been a registered athlete of Special Olympics Australia since January 2011, after starting off Ten Pin Bowling in Geelong.

When Tiana and her family relocated to Wodonga in December 2011, she joined athletics for the 2012 season.

She has since competed in athletics in the Special Olympics Australia (Victorian State Games) every year for the past six years.

In 2014, Tiana was honoured to be invited to represent Victoria in the Special Olympics Australia National Games in Melbourne and brought home three silver medals, a 4th place, and a 5th place.

In 2016, she won two golds, one silver and one bronze at the Special Olympics Victoria State Games. Then in April this year, she won a gold and four silver medals in the Special Olympics Victoria State Games.

Earlier this month, she used her YAS funding to again represent Team Victoria at the Special Olympics Junior National Games on the Gold Coast.

The second YAS recipient this month is Eliza Spalding.

At 14, Eliza is already making her mark with her prowess as a singer.

She is a talented young musician who has only been singing and playing guitar for the past 18 months – but who has already achieved an enormous amount.

She busks locally and competes at many local music festivals and events such as Albury Carols, Mungabareena Carols, the Summer Sounds event in Wangaratta, and The Man from Snowy River Festival.

This YAS award meant Eliza could travel to the Country Music Association of Australia junior academy of country music in Tamworth in early July.

Wodonga Council’s Young Achiever Scheme (or YAS) helps young people in their pursuits to participate at a state or national level for activities, events or competitions.


Last updated: 18-07-2017

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