A pastoralist, a lawyer, a disability advocate and a paediatric cardiologist have been named as nominees for Northern Territory Australian of the Year.
The Australia Day Council announced the nominees for its 2018 awards this morning.
Disability advocate Elizabeth Reid, cardiologist Bo Remenyi, lawyer David Woodroffe and Borroloola pastoralist Frank Shadforth are in the running.
Dr Remenyi said she still did not know who nominated her, and that the recognition came as a huge surprise.
“Like any other Australian, the news was unbelievable to be recognised for the work that I have done and the team that I work with have done over many many years,” she said.
Dr Remenyi is recognised as an international expert in her field and is tackling the Northern Territory’s rate of rheumatic heart disease, which is the highest in the world.
Fellow nominee Frank Shadforth is being recognised for work mentoring and teaching Aboriginal people.
David Woodroffe’s legal career has been dedicated to representing Aboriginal people navigate the criminal justice system.
And Elizabeth Reid has spent more than 25 years working in the community, disability and social justice sectors.
Nominated in the Young Australian of the Year category, is racing champion Bryce Fullwood.
Fullwood has been living life in the fast lane since starting his racing career in go karting at just 10 years old.
He has taken out multiple state titles, as well as the national title in 2013 for the Junior Light class and qualifying third in the world at the Junior Rotax championships in 2014. He is also the youngest Territorian to race in a V8 Supercar.
Fullwood is a team player on and off the track.
“Even still coming home, I’m always trying to help other people in terms of driving… I’ve been lucky to learn from some really good people. So I’ve always been one to try and help some other people.”
He said he was surprised to learn he was nominated.
This was originally published by ABC.net.au.