Amelia Rix
Award

CELEBRATING SUCCESS – 18 YEARS OF AMELIA RIX AWARD WINNERS

The 18th CBS Inc. Amelia Rix Award was held on 18/11/21, at the Adelaide Oval, in the Phil Ridings Bar. It was another successful Award ceremony, recognising and acknowledging people who had achieved their goals through determination and perseverance. There were around 130 people in attendance.

Rebekah (Becky) O’Brien, last year’s Winner, emceed the event and Freddie Brincat OAM, Executive Director and Founder of CBS Inc., gave some history on the Amelia Rix Award, including personal anecdotes of Amelia.

There were eight nominees for the 2021 Amelia Rix Award – Sian Budd, Cameron Dutschke, Kathryn Hall, Emily Knappstein, Barry Lane, Sean Langdon, Paula McMillan and Felicity Vardon.

Two of the nominees come from rural regions of SA, i.e. The Riverland and Port Augusta. The nominees are employed in a variety of fields, including WHS Advisor, retail, car detailing and administration. Their regular community work includes motorsport, charity events, supporting older adults at the Men’s Shed, researching, coaching calisthenics, and hosting online forums for people with mental health barriers.

This year’s Winner was Sean Langdon, Port Augusta, who received $1,000.

The Runner Up was Felicity Vardon, Eastern Adelaide, who won $400. Encouragement Awards were handed out to the other Nominees.

The generous sponsors of the 2021 Amelia Rix Award were also recognised at the ceremony. All nominees were provided with personalised fitted blazers from Beg Your Pardon. Entertainment was provided by Robert and Leon from popular Adelaide band The Patricks.

Among the VIPs in attendance were the Hon. Michelle Lensink MLC, Minister for Human Services, Mr Steve Georganas MP and Area Councillor Franz Knoll (attending on behalf of the Lord Mayor, Sandy Verschoor).

Winner Sean Langdon with Alex Schumann, Simone Grantham, Stacey Cox, Elle Curnow and CBS Inc Founder and Executive Director, Freddie Brincat

Runner up Felicity Vardon with Robyn Copeland, Chris Wadham, and Judy & River Vardon

Anyone wishing to donate to the Amelia Rix Award, to help keep it going, can do so via the PayPal link or contact Caroline Manetta on 8207 1233.

Past Winners

2003


Ryan Blashchek (inaugural winner)
Mid North

2004


George Bambacas and Shane Bogna
Adelaide Metro

2005


Hope Hedger
Murray Bridge

2006


Gavin Oatway
Adelaide Metro

2007


Michael Vardaro
Riverland

2008


Lukasz Wojniak and Emma Hesketh
Adelaide Metro

2009


Con Kourtis
Riverland

2010


Robert Smith
Adelaide Metro

Runner-Up– David Palmer
Adelaide Metro

2011


Ben Cregan
Riverland

Runner-Up– Jordan Palmer
Adelaide Metro

2012


Krystal Petherick
Riverland

Runner-Up– Paula Denton
Riverland

2013


Benjamin Eichler
Murray Bridge

Runner-Up– Damien Carpenter
Mid North

2014


Alyx Mitchell
Riverland

Runner-Up– Graeme Docking
Murray Bridge

2015


Sarah Bown
Adelaide Metro

Runner-Up– Jesse
Adelaide Metro

2016


Josh Richards
Adelaide Metro

Runner-Up– Iris
Riverland

2017


Tom Pride
Northern Adelaide

Runner-Up– Tia Halakas
Berri

2018


Michael Nettle
Western Adelaide

Runner-Up– Zoe Michalanney
Southern Adelaide

2019


Nigel Kraft
Eastern Adelaide

Runners-Up– Nigel Favorito and Lisa Hutchinson
Western Adelaide and Port Augusta

2020


Rebekah O’Brien
Northern Adelaide

Runner-Up– Samuel Button
Eastern Adelaide

2021


Sean Langdon
Port Augusta

Runner-Up– Felicity Vardon
Eastern Adelaide