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Territory and National Award recipients
Young Australian of the Year
2020 TAS Young Australian of the Year Nominee
Matthew EtheringtonState: Tasmania
Soccer coach and mental health advocate
Matthew Etherington knows the potential sport has to create physically and mentally healthier, more inclusive communities. As coach of The Big Issue Street Soccer Program, Matthew helps improve the quality of life of people experiencing disadvantage, homelessness and disability, through participation in a team focused on inclusion.
Matthew's desire to help others drives his many achievements – which are even more extraordinary considering he suffers from chronic fatigue. He is a national Youth Health Forum member and has helped promote youth leadership through organisations such as the Red Cross, UN Youth and the Tasmanian Youth Local Government.
Matthew spearheaded the organising committee for the youth-led Social Connectedness Summit during Mental Health Week 2018. He also organises a state-wide Mental Health First Aid initiative at UTAS, which has helped prepare more than 600 students to exercise self-care, promote mental health and encourage peer support.
Matthew's efforts were recently recognised with the 2019 Tasmanian Premier's Young Achiever Award.