AUSTRALIA DAY: Hadiah Virzi-Hartigan

A JUNIOR basketball referee and coach as well as a mentor to dozens of young students through the Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group’s Homework Centre program, Hadiah Virzi-Hartigan is a talented all-rounder.

The 18-year-old recently completed his schooling at Gloucester High and will this year take up a one-year traineeship with the Barrington Outdoor Adventure Centre (BOAC). 

Working with young kids, particularly through sport, has been a passion of Hadiah’s throughout his school years.

He was recently named the overall most valuable player for the Gloucester Basketball Association for the fourth time and has coached and refereed junior basketball for 

several years.

Born in Maitland, he went to primary school at Barrington. In 2013 he achieved his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award after a trip to New Zealand hiking. 

He has offered his services to the Gloucester Homework Centre as a volunteer student teacher for the past three years.

In this role he has also mentored younger primary and high school students in their study aspirations and has provided valuable assistance to young teens integrating into a high school environment. 

He gives of his time freely, often on weekends and holidays, to assist students and has had a great impact on the sustainability of the Homework Centre.

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