Local resident Wayne Ryder has walked away from the WA Training Awards with his hands full after taking out the trophy for WA Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2022.
The awards, now in their 28th year, recognise the WA training sectors brightest stars, including apprentices, trainees, students and training organisations.
Given the nod at the awards ceremony at the Crown Plaza ballroom, Wayne said he was happy to celebrate with those closest to him.
“It was a really good night, a lot of nerves leading up to it,” he said.
“My family was there and a few of my colleagues, it was good to celebrate with those guys.
“My lecturer, Tania O’Dea was in for the WA Trainer of the Year Award.
“Unfortunately, she didn’t win but she said she was up against someone who was really good in that field so she was happy that he won it.
“She was a little disappointed but, in her words, she was more excited for me and proud for me that I won.
“She’s been there on my journey and been a really big part of that so it felt like both of us winning.”
Wayne thanked his legion of supporters, Wayne gave special mention to his young family, including eldest daughter Taya and kids Jaiden, Charli and Hudson.
“To my fiancé Roz, you are my rock and things like this wouldn’t be possible without you by my side.
“To all my supporters who have been there to support me on my journey I thank you as well.
“Onto bigger and better things for the future.”