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Our inaugural EAGLE AWARD was presented to Tymyka Wines on the 19th January 2020 at the Crowne Plaza, Surfers Paradise. Photograph: Tymyka by Shane Caddaye

The Gold Coast theatre Alliance were searching for a name for our Youth Award. We researched the indigenous history of our area and found that the YUGAMBEH indigenous language area and all descendants of YUGAMBEH ranged from the Brunswick River, west to Beaudesert and north to Logan River and encompassed all of the Gold Coast Area. This is the same area covered by the Gold Coast Theatre Alliance Incorporated. We then discovered that their totem is the Australian wedge tailed eagle.

Examining the characteristics of the eagle it was found that they have qualities that are necessary for success in live performance and the Alliance Youth Award very aptly became the Eagle Award.

The Alliance wants to recognize young people in our Arts Community that have the following -

1. They have great focus and clarity of vision

2. They are fearless and commit fully to artistic endeavor.

3. They soar to great heights because they have taken up the challenge tenaciously with a lively joyous spirit and enjoyment of the action.

4. They can think, make informed decisions and take actions.

5. They love learning and can reenergize through self-awareness and flexibility.

6. They Nurture their own talent and enhance others through positive actions.

However, there is even more symbolic significance to the Eagle. According to legend the Eagle conveys the powers and messages of the spirit; it is man's connection to the divine because it flies higher than any other bird. ... If eagle has appeared, it bestows freedom and courage to look ahead. The eagle is symbolic of the importance of honesty and truthful principles.

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