Gold Coast’s Angel Dixon named as Queensland’s Young Australian of the Year

A BRISBANE MAN who has spent the past 22 years investigating crimes against children, is the Queenslander who will vie to become the 2019 Australian of the Year.

Detective Inspector Jon Rouse was named Queensland’s Australian of the Year at an awards ceremony in Brisbane on Friday night.

It is in recognition of his pioneering role in rescuing and protecting children in Australia and around the world by proactively targeting internet child sex offenders.


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While, Australia’s first fashion model with a disability to feature in a national television campaign, Gold Coaster Angel Dixon, was named Queensland’s Young Australian of the Year.

The 28-year-old model and activist (main picture) suffered a stroke nine years ago and was told she would have trouble walking again.

Defying the odds, Angel not only walks, she struts the catwalk, featuring at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, and can also run with assistance.

Angel’s personal mission is to challenge society’s perception of disability an is the advocacy manager for not-for-profit organisation, Starting With Julius, and also CEO of the Attitude Foundation.

Angel’s other passion is design and she’s currently working on a line of walking canes that will be marketed as a fashion accessory – making buying a mobility tool a more positive experience and helping change attitudes towards disability.

Since graduating from University in 2003, Rachel has worked in radio in a variety of roles including announcer, journalist and copywriter. The crazy world of radio has taken her from her hometown of Toowoomba to Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and finally the Gold Coast when in 2009 she started writing and presenting news with Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au.

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