Li Cunxin named as Queensland's Australian of the Year 2014
Queensland's Australian of the Year Award Recipients 2014
Queensland's Australian of the Year 2014 - Li Cunxin
Queensland's Senior Australian of the Year 2014 - Dr Robert McGregor
Queensland's Young Australian of the Year 2014 - Jordyn Archer
Queensland's Local Hero 2014 - Suzy Wilson
Queensland Ballet’s Artistic Director Li Cunxin has been announced as Queensland’s Australian of the Year 2014.
The announcement was made by the Honourable Campbell Newman MP, Premier of Queensland, at a special awards ceremony hosted by the National Australia Day Council at the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane this evening.
Li is overwhelmed by the announcement: "I really don't have the words to express what an honour this is.
"All the finalists have made such amazing contributions to the community. It is incredibly humbling to have been chosen as Queensland's Australian of the Year 2014. I am proud to call Australia my home."
"I congratulate Bronwen Healy, Gail Ker OAM and David Riley, and all the other Queensland Australian of the Year finalists. It is a privilege to be among such great Queenslanders."
Queensland Ballet CEO Anna Marsden said the award is richly deserved. "Li's passion for dance is infectious, and he is inspiring the whole community."
The announcement comes amidst a sell-out debut season as Queensland Ballet's Artistic Director.
"The encouragement given to me in the past year has been fabulous, and I am thrilled that my dreams for this wonderful Company have resonated so deeply with the community," said Li.