Meet Greenbank Community Hero finalist Kendal Newton-Smith

Meet Greenbank Community Hero finalist Kendal Newton-Smith

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UPDATE:

The 2021 Greenbank Community Hero award will be presented by Logan MP Linus Power and Jordan MP Charis Mullen at the Enriching Communities Everleigh Magical Christmas Concert on Sunday evening, December 12, 2021.

The concert is free to attend and will feature a fireworks extravaganza, live entertainment, Santa and friends, and food trucks.

Tickets are available at https://everleighmagicalchristmas.eventbrite.com.au 

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Little Athletics Queensland Development Officer Kendal Newton-Smith is one of four finalists in the running for the 5th annual Enriching Communities Greenbank Community Hero 2021 Award.

The 24-year-old Greenbank-born athlete has been recognised by Enriching Communities as a dedicated youth leader who facilitates physical activity and participation in the community.

He has been involved with Little Athletics since he was five years old and helped coach with the club as a volunteer from age 15-20.

“It included volunteering at the club, different sports events in the community, school sports carnivals, and I’ve done heaps of regional and state competitions as a volunteer as well,” he said.

“You do it because it’s your passion, not because you want to be recognised.”

He also assisted with running after-school sessions to get kids involved in sports in Logan West and surrounding areas.

“It was like after-school care but really athletics-orientated,” he said.

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Kendal said the biggest highlight of his community impact was when he became a mentor for a young athlete from Parklands Christian College without even realising it.

“Every Tuesday and Thursday he would come down to the place where I was training and I’d just help him out as well,” he said.

He was unaware of the significance of the impact he had on the student until later.

“Finding out that I was apparently a mentor for somebody was really cool, because I had no idea about that at the time,” he said.

Highlights from his personal athletics career include competing at nationals multiple times and becoming the top 8 decathlon athlete for Under 20’s in Australia in 2015-16.

As well as pursuing athletics, Mr Newton-Smith was a part of the Greenbank Scouts club during his youth and served the community alongside the club.

His passion and generosity for others fast-tracked his career in athletics and his current position as Development Officer with Little Athletics Queensland allows him to do what he loves by supporting athletes locally and across the state.

Kendal Web Photo

To vote for your Greenbank Community Hero, visit https://communityheroawards.com.au/choose-your-hero/.

The winner will receive a $500 voucher from Everleigh Mirvac Residential for their service and acts of kindness in and around the Greenbank.

The 2021 Greenbank Community Hero award will be presented by Logan MP Linus Power and Jordan MP Charis Mullen at the Enriching Communities Everleigh Magical Christmas Concert on Saturday November 27, 2021.

The concert is free to attend and will feature a fireworks extravaganza, live entertainment, Santa and friends, and food trucks.

Tickets are available at https://everleighmagicalchristmas.eventbrite.com.au