Honour for remarkable devotion

Compassionate, selfless and remarkable were among words used to describe this year's Carers WA Young People Who Care Award winners.

Alexander Tanasijevic, Elise Gielens and Emily Hardbottle took out top honours at a ceremony at the State Theatre yesterday.

"There are so many inspirational young carers in WA - about 40,000 - they all have great stories," Youth Minister Tony Simpson said. Elise, 18, was named the 14-to-18-year-old Young Carer of the Year for her devotion to sister Sarah Heutt.

Sarah died last week, at just 18 months old, from complications from Down syndrome.

Arafmi youth worker Courtney Perrie nominated Elise.

"No matter what she comes up against, she picks herself up and looks after her whole family," Ms Perrie said.

Alexander, 11, won in the eight-to-13-year-old group for the work he does for his mother Branka, who has multiple sclerosis.

Emily, 15, won the Caring in the Community award for starting a wheelchair basketball program in Melville.

She launched the Basketball Transition Program so younger sister Lauren, who has spina bifida, could play more often.

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