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Young Benalla pilot a finalist in state award

Joseph Daw was a finalist in the Victorian Young Achiever Awards last month.

June 13, 2014 3:22am

Joseph Daw was a finalist in the Victorian Young Achiever Awards.

Benalla resident Joseph Daw was one of several outstanding young Victorians recognised last month at the Victorian Young Achiever Awards in Melbourne.

The awards celebrated the finalists’ exceptional achievements and contribution to their communities.

Mr Daw, 23, was a finalist in the AustralianSuper Career Kick Start Award.

He started training at Gawne Aviation Shepparton at 16 years old and quickly passed his general flight test, enabling him to fly solo.

While completing VCE, Mr Daw gained his pilot licence and went to work for Oberon Air Albury — an impressive achievement for his age — before becoming a flight instructor for Gawne.

He is now focused on employment with an airline and works up to seven days a week pursuing his dream.

Youth Affairs Minister Ryan Smith said it was a great accomplishment to be nominated for a Young Achiever award.

‘‘The Victorian Coalition Government recognises the importance of acknowledging the contribution that young people make in their communities,’’ he said.

‘‘The Victorian Young Achiever Awards promote and recognise the achievements of young Victorians and encourage others to follow in their footsteps.

‘‘It is important we share and celebrate their accomplishments so that others can learn from and follow in their footsteps to achieve their own success.’’

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