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For these Australians of the Year, uncommon valour was their common virtue - 01 March 2019

For these Australians of the Year, uncommon valour was their common virtue

Each and every year, our nation celebrates the achievements and contributions of Australians through the Australian of the Year Awards. These everyday Aussies inspire and challenge us to make our own contribution to create a better Australia. Needless to say, it takes a pretty special person to win this honour. Or, in this year’s case, persons.

Dr Richard Harris SC OAM and Dr Craig Challen SC OAM are the 2019 Australians of the Year due to their heroic efforts as part of an international rescue mission to save 12 boys from flooded caves in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Their story is incredible and the impossible feats they accomplished on that cave rescue are truly the stuff of legend. That’s why we are humbled and honoured to be working with the likes of two extraordinary Australians like Richard and Craig. Their selflessness, courage, and willingness to help others set a shining example for all of us.

Here’s what the Australians of the Year are made of

Dr Richard Harris SC OAM

Dr Richard ‘'Harry” Harris works in anaesthesia and aeromedical retrieval medicine in Adelaide, South Australia. He is the 2019 Australian of the Year for South Australia and the joint 2019 Australian of the Year with his dive partner Craig Challen.

Read full bio here.

Dr Craig Challen SC OAM

Dr Craig Challen is an accomplished Australian cave explorer and member of the Wet Mules diving group. He has been named as the 2019 Australian of the Year for Western Australia and the joint 2019 Australian of the Year with his dive partner Richard “Harry” Harris.

Read more about Dr Challen here.

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