Fifth times charm for Stroke Award finalist

Stroke Foundation

One of Stroke Foundation’s most active and avid ambassadors has been named as a finalist in the 2023 Stroke Awards.

West Pennant Hills’ Priya Sharma, who survived a stroke eight years ago has been named as one of the three finalists in the Improving Life After Stroke Award – the fifth time she has been nominated for a Stroke Award.

The 32-year-old, who had to learn to walk and talk again following her stroke, is now passionate about making others aware about strokes in young people, and regularly uses her social media platforms to help educate others.

“It would mean a lot to me to win the award especially given I have been nominated so many times before. I feel privileged that my work is being recognised and there is value in what I am doing,” Priya said.

“When I had my stroke there wasn’t much information around, so I’m passionate about making others aware about the stroke risks and warning signs.”

Priya has also met with her local Members of Parliament to lobby for a stroke ambulance to improve treatment in New South Wales and has participated in Stride4Stroke and Sydney’s City2Surf in an effort to raise money and awareness for stroke.

Stroke is one of Australia’s biggest killers and a leading cause of disability. An Australian has a stroke every 19 minutes.

Stroke Foundation Interim Chief Executive Officer John De Rango applauded Priya for her efforts.

“We are so grateful to have Priya on our side, always so passionately advocating for the work of the Stroke Foundation,” Mr De Rango said.

“Priya is always one of the first people to put up her hand. She is an inspiration to the young stroke community and would be a very worthy recipient of this award.”

The annual Stroke Awards celebrate the unsung heroes in our community who go above and beyond to improve the lives of Australians affected by stroke. This includes the survivors of stroke, carers, volunteers, fundraisers, health professionals and researchers and members of the community.  

The Improving Life after Stroke category specifically recognises those who voluntarily dedicate their time to improving the care and support of stroke survivors in the community. It is proudly sponsored by Australian Physiotherapy Association.   

The three finalists are:

  • Priya Sharma, New South Wales
  • Gregg Oughton, Western Australia
  • Letisha Kalnins, Queensland

There are seven categories in total: Stroke Warrior, Improving Life after Stroke, Creative, Courage, Fundraiser of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and President’s Achievement.  

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Melbourne on May 4, 2022. 

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