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2018 speaker Tony Hoang

The remarkable story of Tony Hoang is the subject of a powerful and confronting 2012 SBS documentary “Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta”.

The young Tony, son of Vietnamese refugees, grew up in poverty in the then drug capital of Australia, Cabramatta. Like many refugees from the Vietnam War, Tony’s parents’ hopes of a safe new home for their families were crushed by the heroin culture that overtook the lives of their children.

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2018 speaker Sami Kennedy-Sim

Sami made the switch from Alpine Skiing to Ski Cross in 2008 – progressing through the international events until 2011 when she made her first top-ten in a World Cup and in the same year married Australian Cross Country skiing athlete and 2010 Olympian - Ben Sim.

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Eddie Elguera

Eddie is a two-time world skateboard champion and named Skateboarder of the year in 1979 & 1980. Inventing and perfecting several vert tricks throughout the years including the "Elguerial" and the "Frontside Rock-n-Roll", Eddie helped advance and inspire the next generation of skaters that became household names including Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero, and Christian Hosoi.

He brings a message of positivity, courage, self-belief  and Standing Tall against the negative pressures that surround young people.

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Brett Murray

Brett Murray is the founder of Make Bullying History Foundation and is passionate about spreading the anti-Bullying message globally. He has authored several bookstore young people including 'I Dare Ya!', 'Give yourself permission to fly!' and ' Make Bullying History'. 

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Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett

Best mates, Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett built a free mobile laundry in their old van to help the homeless. Orange Sky Laundry began in September 2014 and since then, the world first idea has rapidly expanded to five vans in Brisbane, Melbourne, South East Victoria, Sydney and the Gold Coast. Run by over 270 volunteers,

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Aminata Conteh-Biger

Aminata Conteh-Biger is the Founder and Ceo of The Aminata Maternal Foundation whose vision is to improve conditions for women in Sierra Leone to birth and raise their children. The organisation was founded to lift the health and well-being of women and children and improve some of the worst maternal and infant mortality rates in the world. 

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Poppy Starr Olsen

Poppy Starr is an Australian skateboard prodigy, artist, and entrepreneur, and has become a popular motivational speaker after her 2014 TedX talk, "The Blurred Lines of Art & Skateboarding." She took 9th as an X Games rookie in 2016, and admits she was a bit starstruck to be competing against some of her favorite skaters. She's fared better in the year since, taking wins at three big contests back home that helped put her on the radar of the fledgling Australian Olympic team, which is preparing for skateboarding's debut at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games.

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Andrew Edmondson

Andrew John Edmondson OAM is an Australian wheelchair rugby player. He won a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics as a member of the Australian Steelers.

Andrew was born and grew up in Sydney as a very active healthy young person with a huge passion for sports and a dream to one day play rugby for Australia. He was just 13 years old when he dived into Coogee Beach hitting a sandbar and shattering the C5 and C6 vertebras in his spine before being told that he would be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

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Talitha Cummins

Talitha  is a passionate mental health advocate; a member of the HIMS Australia Advisory Group and the 'Everymind' initiative; encouraging the responsible reporting of mental illness and suicide.  Talitha's a proud ambassador for the charity 'Hello Sunday Morning', a program which creates awareness around alcohol dependence.  She gave up alcohol FIVE years ago and shared her story on the ABC's Australian Story.

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Emma Mullings

Emma is a popular Sydney radio host, recording artist, actor and  event MC, and has both MC’d and been a speaker at numerous womens, youth, and awareness and fundraising events for women and children. Her inspiring story of overcoming abuse as a child and now living a successful life with a beautiful young family makes her a popular speaker at women’s events around Australia.

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