A Mount Martha teen is one of 31 winners of the ABC’s inaugural Takeover Melbourne storytelling competition. Tamsin, pictured, will join other young Melburnians aged 12-18 to share personal stories that showcase their resilience and talent, from growing up with Tourette syndrome to overcoming internalised racism; from finishing Year 12 during COVID-19 to rebuilding after the Black Saturday bushfires.
“I’m so proud to be recognised for sharing my story in the first Takeover Melbourne series,” Tamsin said. “Raising questions about the world we live in is one way young people can shape the future. Takeover Melbourne has given us the opportunity to have our voices and stories amplified.”
Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Despi O’Connor congratulated Tamsin on being chosen for her story on the inadequacy of sex education in schools. “Young people are overexposed to sexualised material every day,” Cr O’Connor said. “Having frank and open conversations about sex is a great start and would go a long way to ensuring respectful relationships.”
Takeover Melbourne, an initiative of the ABC, VicHealth, Resilient Melbourne and the Centre for Multicultural Youth, will be broadcast on ABC Radio Melbourne and on ABC TV. The winners will also be celebrated in a livestream on ABC Melbourne’s Facebook page on December 3.