A passionate speech about the effects domestic violence has on men has played an important part in David Dixon being named the Lions Club Youth of the Year for Whyalla.
Mr Dixon participated in a competition involving an interview process, two impromptu questions, and public speaking, being graded on each section.
“The main points I addressed in my speech were that the stigma against men in a relationship is quite high in terms of being regarded as the perpetrator of domestic violence,” he said.
“I gave a factual-based argument as opposed to an anecdotal one because you can’t get very far using an anecdotal argument.”
Before his speech Mr Dixon participated in an interview process with three judges worth 80 per cent of his grade, and then had to answer two impromptu questions worth 10 per cent.
“During the interview process you can sit down and feel comfortable but at the same time you know that you’re being judged quite frequently,” he said.
Mr Dixon was asked how local sporting equipment could be improved, and how Whyalla could be more actively involved in the steel industry after selling the former Arrium business.
“I stated that Whyalla didn’t need any upgraded sports equipment, we just need to get some form of higher involvement in the sporting process,” he said.
“Having just sold the Whyalla Steelworks, a lot of people have unfortunately moved away because of the fear of losing their job. But I feel that this will bring those people back and increase the population.
“We do have more shops coming into Whyalla because the steelworks has been sold, because they feel it’s a good opportunity to get some profit.”
After being named the local Youth of the Year, Mr Dixon made it through to the regional finals of the competition, and will be attending the district finals on Friday.
“It felt really good to make it through to the next round, I was quite excited to make it through such a prestigious event,” he said.
“Personally for me I would sum it up as a really good initiative for youth to get more involved in their community so they can be recognised for events like the Graeme Jose Awards.” As the winner Mr Dixon received a gift prize of $80, a backpack and a pen. For more information visit http://lionsclubs.org.au/activities/youth/yoty/.