ON January 26, many people around the country feel a sense of pride - many are proud of Australia, proud of achieving citizenship, or proud of those who are leading by example.
This Australia Day, the Rudd family certainly has reason to be proud.
At the Dalby Australia Day awards ceremony, 16-year-old Clara was announced as the town's Young Citizen of the Year, while her 17-year-old brother Patrick received the Junior Sports Achievement Award.
The siblings were then both named regional winners for their category.
"I'm very very honoured to have been chosen ... I honestly can't believe it, it means a lot to me and I think it will really help me in the future,” Clara said.
"I'm very thankful.”
Clara was chosen as the Young Citizen of the Year based on her participation in a variety of singing, acting, and musical roles around the community, membership of the Gondwana Voices Choir, upcoming role as school captain of Dalby State High School, and participation in student council and Junior Chamber of Commerce in the past.
"Junior Chamber was a lovely experience, it was a good way to meet business people and prominent people from the community, so that was really good,” she said.
While Clara excels in cultural and academic settings, she said she was happy to leave the sport to Patrick, who will also start Year 12 at DSHS this year.
In 2016, Patrick competed as part of the men's Queensland team at the 2016 Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne, where he achieved an individual result of gold in parallel bars and silver in vault, and helped Queensland win gold on the first day of competition.
The gymnast was unable to attend the ceremony due currently competing in the USA.
"He is hugely dedicated, he drives to Toowoomba three times a week in pursuit of gymnastics,” Clara said.
"He's come so far from just a small town kid that would score in the lower end of the state, to now being the second in Australia in his area and to go to an international competition and do really well at it.”
"I know that if he was here he would be just as thankful as I am.”
In addition to Patrick and Clara taking home the regional Sports Achievement and Young Citizen of the Year awards, Dalby-based radio station 4DDD took home Regional Community Project/Event of the Year.
The Regional Cultural Award was won by Zita Stark, from Chinchilla and district, with Doug Bougoure from Tara and district named Regional Citizen of the Year.
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