Kaitlin Purcell

2021 Inspiring South Australian Women’s Award Recipient - Commendation Emerging Leader

At just 16 years old, Kaitlin was awarded a highly commended certificate from the Order of Australia Association. Before completing year 12 at Strathalbyn High School, Kaitlin attended five different schools due to family relocations. It is an experience Kaitlin says she is grateful for because it gave her the opportunity to learn and teach indigenous art and culture and be involved with some very unique extracurricular school activities. Then Premier Steven Marshall awarded Kaitlin the Commendation Emerging Leader award at the 2021 Inspiring South Australian Women’s Awards, which recognises outstanding women who have made a significant contribution to the community.

Kaitlin has supported the introduction of women’s football across many regional communities as well as inspired many to connect with this code. She established the second league to exist under the Great Southern Football League for females and received 2018 Female Coach of South Australia from North Adelaide Football Club. Her passion and commitment to the sporting industry is demonstrated through her multiple volunteering roles including the role of sports trainer for the Australian Combined Emergency Services, the Australian Police Football Association and committee member for the far North Football League. In this league, Kaitlin commenced and coached the junior girls’ football teams.

Her work in supporting the community is further highlighted through her ambassadorial role for Around the Camp Fire, a not-for-profit sporting organisation with an aim to promote reconciliation and encourage diversity on the sporting field. Kaitlin is an inspiring pioneer for young females across the state; through her hard work and determination she has helped to remove barriers as well as motivate younger generations to pursue their true passions. In addition to her passion for Aussie rules football and being a role model for young girls, Kaitlin enjoys sharing her life journey on her social media platforms and expressing her feelings through paintings.

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Dr Felicity-ann Lewis

Community Leader & 2014 SA Australian of the Year

A dedicated, dynamic leader, Dr Felicity-ann Lewis is passionate about creating a better, healthier, more inclusive Australia

Chris Schacht

Former Senator & President of Volleyball Australia

Chris is a former President of the Australian Volleyball Federation and an elected representative to the Legal Commission of the “Federation Internationale de Volleyball”. He is also a board member of numerous worthwhile organisations.
Professor Jennifer McKay AM

Professor Jennifer McKay AM

Professor - Business, Law and Environment

Professor Jennifer McKay AM is an academic lawyer with a passion for research to celebrate some but reform other laws to achieve a sound and clean environment for future generations.
Professor Rob Morrison OAM

Professor Rob Morrison OAM

Scientist, former host of The Curiosity Show, SA State Recipient Senior Australia of the Year 2008

Rob has had a dual career as academic and science broadcaster and writer. He is currently a Professorial Fellow at Flinders University. He has written more 40 books and co-written 13 more on science and natural history.
Anthony Hart

Anthony Hart

Mental Health Advocate & Nominee South Australian Local Hero 2022

In November 2003, Anthony Hart made a significant attempt on his life. Through a remarkable stroke of luck, he clung onto life and survived. Since then, Anthony has been on a mission to empower men to identify and address challenges before they escalate into serious mental health issues.

Ingrid Kennerley

Mental Health Advocate & 2019 South Australia Citizen of the Year

After her husband’s suicide, Ingrid displayed incredible strength and resilience, guiding her children through the tragedy, and maintaining her volunteering and support roles that are so vital to small communities.