Leaders in Citizenship Series presents 2019 Australians of the Year Dr Craig Challen and Dr Richard Harris
Dr Craig Challen SC OAM from Western Australia and Dr Richard ‘Harry’ Harris OAM from South Australia are the 2019 Australians of the Year for their heroic efforts as part of an international rescue mission to save 12 boys from flooded caves in Thailand.
In July 2018, anaesthetist Dr Richard Harris and retired vet Dr Craig Challen made worldwide headlines when they joined an international team to rescue a group of boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
Both Craig and Richard were awarded the Star of Courage for unwavering and selfless bravery following the successful rescue of the trapped soccer team.
Please join us for this outstanding event, being presented in partnership with Murdoch University, as we ‘Explore how values of fair go and tenacity, courage and resilience lead to success’
About Craig and Harry
Craig, a retired Vet has dived some of Australia’s deepest wrecks and has set depth records in diving, including diving to 194m in the Pearse Resurgence, New Zealand in 2011. He was awarded Technical Diver of the Year 2009 at the Australian technical diving conference Oztek.
Anesthetist Harry is a diver with 30 years’ experience and a specialist in aeromedical retrieval. He has previously participated in complex diving recoveries, appeared in National Geographic documentaries and, in 2015, was recognised for his outstanding contribution to cave exploration. In 2017 he was awarded The Australasian Technical Diver of the Year.