Caitlyn Shadbolt, 16, was awarded 2012 Young Citizen of the Year at the Gympie Regional Australia Day Awards.
Caitlyn Shadbolt, 16, was awarded 2012 Young Citizen of the Year at the Gympie Regional Australia Day Awards. Contributed

Young musician honoured

WHILE Caitlyn Shadbolt is experiencing success as a musician in Tamworth at the country music festival, back home she has been awarded Young Citizen of the Year and the Junior Cultural Award.

Miss Shadbolt was not able to be at the Gympie Regional Australia Day Awards as she treads the boards to make a name for herself in Tamworth.

Members of her family were proud to accept the award on her behalf.

Besides her musical talents, success individually and with her band Aiming High, Miss Shadbolt was recognised for being a role model, not only for other aspiring female artists but also for any young person interested in setting goals and working hard to reach them.

Miss Shadbolt was elected 2012 music captain for the Country Music School of Excellence, recognition of the respect shown by her peers.

As she heads into her final year at Gympie High School, Miss Shadbolt will not only be touring to promote her debut EP, Into the Big World, she will also take on an extra music subject, increasing her workload.

Known for actively promoting Gympie, the Australian Institute of Country Music and CMSOE at every opportunity, Miss Shadbolt had shown the kind of leadership skills that would benefit the Gympie community in the future.

"Caitlyn has worked hard to set goals and achieve them," Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne said during proceedings yesterday.

"She has demonstrated success in an arena usually dominated by males.

"While there are many female artists who work solo, there are few who take a leadership role in forming a band and even fewer who find themselves in a position to provide ongoing leadership for the band they have formed.

"All this and for one so young, she is a credit to herself, her talent and the community."

Gympie Times


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