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Triumph against the Unimaginable - A Story of Unity, Courage and Resilience

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Leadership WA is delighted to be welcoming Dr Craig Challen SC OAM.

A defining example of courage over adversity, Craig was named Australian of the Year 2019 in recognition of the leading role he played in rescuing 12 young soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand in 2018.  He was also awarded a Star of Courage and an Order of Australia Medal for his bravery and problem-solving skills.

Craig will draw on his experience of the cave rescue and share insights into the importance of courage and resilience in the face of immense challenge.

This event is supported by the Leading Australian Resilient Communities Program, a national pilot initiative funded by the Australian Government to support leadership development in Australia’s regional communities. Leadership WA is proud to have delivered this Program in WA’s Mid West Coastal and Goldfields-Esperance regions to support leaders to meet the challenges and collectively drive the positive changes they want to see in their communities.

This face-to-face event at the University Club of Western Australia in Perth, will be live streamed to graduates of the Leading Australian Resilient Communities Program, Leadership WA's Regional Alumni and guests at venues in Esperance, Kalgoorlie and Geraldton.


  • Alumni Members have priority access to tickets until 12.00pm on Tuesday 6 June. To access your your complimentary ticket, please use the discount code provided in your invitation.
  • Online tickets are only available to Regional/Interstate/Overseas Alumni (who reside in the Gascoyne, Goldfields-Esperance, Great Southern, Kimberley, Mid-West, Peel, Pilbara, South West and Wheatbelt regions of WA or Interstate or overseas.


  • Please RSVP by close of business on Tuesday 27 June.

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Cancellation: All cancellation requests must be made by email to . If you need to cancel your ticket to an Alumni event, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can reallocate your ticket to someone else. If notification of your cancellation is received • More than 7 days before the event date, you will be issued with a full refund. • Less than 7 days before, a refund will not be issued. If you do not attend an event for which you have registered, the ticket fee will not be refunded, and nor can it be allocated to another event. A full refund will be given to all ticket holders if an event has been cancelled by Leadership WA. Where a refund is due, it will be made within 10 business days via the same method of payment that was used for the initial purchase of your ticket. Substitution: If, after purchasing a ticket, you find you are unable to attend, you are invited to nominate another Signature or Rising Non Member (Alumni Members can access Alumni events on a complimentary basis) to attend in your place. Please advise any substitutions via email to including the Full Name, Program and Year, email address and telephone number of the Alumni as a matter of priority. Please also include any accessibility requirements so we can advise if this event can meet these requirements. Please note that special dietary requirements may not be possible at short notice. Please be aware, due to security requirements at some venues, your ticket can not always be transferred to another guest after the RSVP date has passed, please be in touch with us to confirm.