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John McLaren Youth Awards

The John McLaren Youth Awards recognise the pursuit of excellence across cultural, academic and sporting fields by young people with diabetes.

The Awards seek to encourage young New Zealanders with diabetes to achieve their goals despite the daily challenges they face living with the condition.


2015 John McLaren Youth Award Winners

The 2015 winners of the John McLaren Award are Kapowairua Stephens and Nathan Sturrock.


2014 John McLaren Youth Awards Winners

We are happy to announce that Madison Johnson and Hamish Beadle are this years Award Winners. Both Madison and Hamish will receive $1,000 towards their efforts.

Madison Johnson

Madison submitted her entry under the Academic category. Madison will begin her study of Commerce at the University Auckland in 2015. She plans to use the funds to help offset her university fees. Madison aspires to be a chartered accountant and work at a top company. She feels that having to work with numbers because of her diabetes (counting carbs, calculating insulin ratios) is what gave her the interest in numbers she has today. Madison is 18 years old and belongs to Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch.

Hamish Beadle

Hamish submitted his entry under the Sporting category. He has been selected to represent NZ in Track Cycling at the 2014/2015 Oceana Championships to be held in Adelaide, Australia. Hamish has been a committed track cyclist for 7 years and hopes the Oceana Championships will be a stepping stone to the Junior World Championships and then ultimately for the NZ Track Cycling team. Hamish plans to use his funds to help pay for the coaching needed for the build up to the event. Hamish is 16 years old and belongs to the Diabetes Southland Branch.

2014 John McLaren Youth Awards 

Diabetes Youth New Zealand and Diabetes New Zealand are pleased to announce that the 2014 John McLaren Youth Awards are now open for entry. The application form may be downloaded below. Entries close Thursday, 31 July 2014. Please contact us if you have any questions about the awards.

2014 John McLaren Youth Awards – Application Form(PDF, 330KB)


2013 John McLaren Youth Awards Winners

We are happy to announce the two winners for 2013 are Max Burney and Jack Timings. Both won $1000 each to put them closer to their individual efforts and we couldn’t be more proud of them.

Max Burney

Max submitted his entry under the Academic Category. He has been invited to attend the International Youth Sports Science Conference at the Raffles Institute in Singapore. In his words  “this conference will be held in the Raffles Institution and will bring together youth from all around the world to share the sporting culture of different countries, offer a hands-on experience in sports science workshops and the chance to hear from world leading researchers in their fields.” Max is 18 years old and is the Deputy Head Boy of Takapuna Grammar School.

Jack Timings

Jack submitted his entry under the Cultural Category. Jack has been chosen for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Choir of 60 under 18 year olds. Jack says, “Our first rehearsals were held in Wellington over the last school holidays and I was fortunate enough to be selected for one of the two tenor solos. Regional rehearsals are held each school holidays in a different city. Over the next year we are preparing for the final choir event which is a South American tour in July of next year.” Jack is 17 years old and attends Rosmini College in Takapuna.


2013 John McLaren Youth Awards 

Diabetes Youth New Zealand and Diabetes New Zealand are pleased to announce that the 2013 John McLaren Youth Awards are now open for entry. The application form may be downloaded below. Entries close Friday, 31 July 2013. Please contact us if you have any questions about the awards.


2012 John McLaren Youth Awards

Please see news item below for details of the 2012 winners.


2011 John McLaren Youth Award Recipients

In 2011, three awards of $1,000 were offered. The winners were: Emmeline Carroll of Christchurch, Samuel Chadwick of Christchurch, and Brydon Harrington of Invercargill.

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who applied. Once again, the standard of entries received this year was very high, and it was extremely difficult to select the three winners from such an impressive and inspirational group.


2010 John McLaren Youth Award Recipients

Thomas Blakeway

Thomas has a passion for downhill mountain biking, with 3 years experience in the sport .  He has had Type 1 diabetes for 6 years.  The award helped him to be able to attend 4 races in February 2011.  2 races held in Nelson, 1 in Christchurch and the finals in Dunedin.  He also works part-time to buy safety equipment for his chosen sport.  He is a member of the Christchurch Gravity Mountainbike Club.  Thomas’ first race for the season was at the DH series at Victoria Park in Christchurch where he came 9th out of many hopefuls.   In the future he hopes to win a National title in Downhill Mountain Biking.

Morgan Curry

Morgan is achieving her goals and living life to the fullest and is a prefect a Tawa College. and has contributed greatly to Diabetes Youth Wellington by contributing in various activites such as starting Denim for Diabetes Day fundraiser at Queen Margaret College, guest speaker for National Diabetes Awareness Week, 2008 Diabetes NZ Christmas Scponship Appeal letter and being a poster girl for Yellow Balloon Day. She also assists with coordinating and running school holiday programmes for children.  She has had Type 1 diabetes for 15 years.  The award enabled her to travel to China on a education field trip in April 2011, looking at mathematics in a different culture and the effects China has had on modern mathematics. In the future she hopes to study medicine at The University of Otago.

Callum Geddes

Callum has a real passion for sport and has been involved with multisport taking part as a long distance kayaker and cyclist achieving 1st place in the team section.  He also achieved 1st place at the Otago Southland secondary schools cycling champs in 2010 and has played for the 1st and 2nd fifteen rugby teams at Dunstan High School.  His other passion is horses, he has been riding for 5 years and has been shoeing his own horses for 2 years. In April 2011 Callum and his horse “Beaumont Boy” finished top of their arena and 4th overall in the South Island. He has had Type 1 diabetes for 3 years.  He was selected to join a nine strong team to travel to Taupo for a 3 day event competition.  The award has helped him to travel to Taupo from Otago.  He hopes to one day participate in the Olympics.

Shannon Willoughby

Shannon was accepted into a full year exchange with the EF (Education First) Programme.  She left NZ in January 2011 and currently staying with a host family and attending the local high school in the USA.  Shannon has always been a high achiever at school, with maths being her favourite subject and has a chieved NCEA LEvel 1 with merit in 2009.  Shannon has had Type 1 diabetes for 6 years.  She is involved in Rangers (a section of girl guides aged between 14-18 years old) and received a bronze Duke of Edinburgh award and peak award which involved a major service project, leadership and outdoor camping.  The John McLaren award helped her to be able to go on the exchange to the USA.  When she comes back to NZ she plans to study Aviation Management.

2009 John McLaren Youth Award Recipients

There were many impressive applications for the John McLaren Youth Award, an annual award for achievement to young people with diabetes.

The Award aims to show that young people with diabetes can do great things in their work and achievements. The winners are inspirational to others with diabetes.

The John McLaren Youth Award recognises the pursuit of excellence in the cultural, academic and sporting fields by young people with diabetes. Diabetes Youth New Zealand and Diabetes New Zealand are pleased to announce the 2008 recipients this year’s winners of the $ 1,000 Award:

Jordan Moore

15 years old, from Kaiapoi

Jordan already has an impressive list of dancing successes despite only dancing for 3 years. He was named Best Male Dancer in 2007 and his dance crew Legionnaire won the South Island Street Dance Champs in March 2009. Jordan’s award helped fund a trip in October and will also help towards his tuition and some new dance clothes. Jordan has had Type 1 diabetes for 4 ½ years and is a fine example of how you can overcome any challenges that diabetes brings and be successful.

Erin Saunders

20 years old, from Christchurch

Erin Saunders is from Christchurch and has been Irish Dancing for a number of years. Her award will be used to travel to the NZ Irish Dancing Championships in Auckland with her ultimate dream being to compete in Killarney, Ireland. Erin was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2005. She works incredibly hard saving for her trips as well as funding the cost of replacement dance outfits which can cost $2-3000. She still finds time to assist Diabetes Youth Canterbury as a role model for newly diagnosed teenagers.

Kyra Thomson

13 years old, from Wellington

Kyra Thomson will use her award to help with all the costs involved in Rollersports and her goal of being selected to represent New Zealand for the Oceania’s in 2010. Kyra is currently the New Zealand Champion in Elementary Free Skating, Solo Dance and Creative Solo Dance. She was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2006.

Thomas Wooding

14 years old, from Christchurch

Keen yachtsman Thomas used his award to attend Yachting New Zealand’s National Championships in January. There were travel and coaching costs involved as well as the purchase of a new sail and a wet suit that will enable him to do his insulin shots while on the water. Thomas impressed the judges with his list of sailing accomplishments to date. He has been sailing since he was 9 years old and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 2 years ago. Thomas’s goal is to be selected for the World Championships.

Our four 2009 winners are outstanding and were selected based on their goals and achievements. These young people with diabetes are inspiring others to realise that diabetes should not stop anyone succeeding or pursuing their dreams or goals.


2008 Winners of the John McLaren Youth Award

$1,000 awards went to Michael Clarke from Rangiora and Sophie Devine from Christchurch.
$500 Awards went to Samantha Darby from Rangitoto College, Auckland and
Zoe Sole from Wellington.

2007 Winners of the John McLaren Youth Award

$1,000 awards went to Simon Millynn and Alexandra Wood
$500 Awards went to Anna Hoek-Sims and Kurtis Tautuhi

2006 Winners of the John McLaren Youth Award

$1,000 awards went to Jordy Jamieson from Auckland and Vicki Connor from Auckland.
$500 Awards went to Christopher Duff from Levin and Daniel Harvey from Manukau.

2005 Winners of the John McLaren Youth Award

$1,000 awards went to Shane Simpson from Orewa and Amy Adams from Hamilton.
$500 Awards went to Joshua Notman from Wellington and Catherine de Vos from Auckland.

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