A WIMMERA nurse has been named the Victorian Young Achiever of the Year.
Arun Thomas, 29, won the statewide title at an award ceremony in Melbourne on Friday night.
He also won the regional and rural health achievers award at the event.
Mr Thomas is board director at Stawell Regional Health and an associate nurse unit manager at Edenhope District Memorial Hospital.
He has been a registered nurse for more than five years and has also worked in Adelaide and Horsham.
Mr Thomas was recognised for his passion for leadership, governance and aged care.
Last year, Mr Thomas established a leadership scholarship to help unlock the potential of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Three other Horsham residents were recognised at the Victorian Young Achiever awards.
Tanisha Lovett was a finalist in the young artist award category and Tom Dunn was a finalist in the volunteer excellent award category.
Jake Myerscough was a semi-finalist in the leadership award category.
Horsham mayor Mark Radford said it was great to see some many young people from the region doing great things.
"There are lots of people living and working in our community who are making an impression on the world," he said.
"It's great to see young people doing good things in our own backyard."
Cr Radford attended the Victorian Young Achiever Awards ceremony.
"The room was just full of marvellous young people from across Victoria," he said.
"The idea of recognising young people is really encouraging and it was good to be there."
Mr Thomas was also named the people's choice award winner and was a finalist in the leadership award and regional achiever award categories.
For his win, Mr Thomas received cash, a flight voucher, concert and movie tickets and a state trophy.
"Arun Thomas won the big award, which was really exciting - he was nominated for quite a few awards, so he was up on stage about four times during the night," Cr Radford said.
Last year, Mr Thomas won an Victorian Celebrating Aged Care Leadership Award.
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