A FORMER Kooralbyn resident has won an international award for his work on a popular children’s program.
Animator Benjamin Zaugg travelled to Cannes earlier this month to accept an International Emmy Award in the Kids Digital category.
Mr Zaugg won for his work on Ludo Studio’s children’s television show Doodles which aired on ABC television.
The 30-year-old grew up in Kooralbyn and graduated from Beaudesert State High in 2003 before studying at Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art.
His mother Judith Zaugg said she was proud of her son for turning his dream into reality.
“He was always creative growing up – he drew cartoons and played classical guitar,” she said.
“Ben use to draw the cartoons for the Kooralbyn Newsletter when he was about 13 to match the stories my husband Martin wrote for the back page.”
The Beaudesert resident said she wanted her son’s success to be an example of what young people in the Scenic Rim could achieve.
“There are a few high achievers in the region and some fantastic young people like Riley Day are doing very well,” she said.
“But I want Ben’s story to be a bit of a nudge for those students who want to give up on their dreams, to realise that they can be successful too.”
Ms Zaugg said despite being away from the major cities, location should not be a barrier for young people to succeed.
“Ben graduated from Beaudesert High School with a good OP,” she said.
“He was a local boy and he had big goals so it just proves if young people follow their dreams, good things can happen.
“The opportunities are there, they just have to grasp them.”