Johnny Kava – Citizen of the Year

Johnny Kava

WELL-KNOWN boxing coach Johnny Kava is the Derwent Valley’s Australia Day Citizen of the Year for 2012. Making the announcement at Tynwald Park on Thursday, mayor Martyn Evans recalled that Mr Kava was one of the first people he had met when arriving in New Norfolk as a teenager in the 1980s, and that Johnny had encouraged him to play football with the local team.

Originally from the Pacific Ocean island nation of Niue, Mr Kava has contributed to the New Norfolk and broader Derwent Valley community for many years. An accomplished boxer in his own right, he has helped young people learn self-confidence, self-respect and discipline while improving their fitness through the sport of boxing.

He gives freely of his time and has been a positive male role model in the lives of many young people over the years. Congratulations Johnny.

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