Last updated: 03 Nov, 2022

Today the ABC, together with VicHealth, has announced the 28 winners of this year’s Takeover Melbourne storytelling competition.

The competition, now in its third year, will once again showcase the brightest young storytellers from across the city.

Hundreds of young Melburnians, from the Mornington Peninsula to Wyndham, took up the challenge of sharing their stories, which this year include connecting to culture through traditional death rites; discussing the experience of being a first-generation migrant; coming out as asexual; and coming to terms with the loss of a loved one.

Their stories feature crochet kings and keen cooks, ice skaters, pianists and Kuchipudi dancers, showcasing a diverse and modern Melbourne.

Darell, aged 15 from Doncaster in Melbourne’s east, is one of this year’s winners. He shares a story about being inspired to make his own non-fungible tokens (NFTs) after a trip to the Australian Open.

"I want to inspire teenagers to never let their age dictate what they can or can’t do,” says Darell.

“They should always follow their dreams regardless of what challenges may appear. After all, If you can dream it, you can do it."

CEO of VicHealth, Dr Sandro, said it was a privilege to present this year’s winners of Takeover Melbourne. “At VicHealth, we believe in providing opportunities for young Victorians to share their health stories and bold ideas, through programs such as Takeover and our Future Healthy initiative.”

Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp congratulated all the winners. “Each year I am privileged to read the stories of the young Takeover winners, which I find to be an opportunity to be inspired and moved in equal measure. This year is no different. I congratulate the courageous young storytellers of Takeover Melbourne and thank them for sharing their stories and offering us new ways to understand and appreciate the next generation.”

Director of ABC Regional and Local, Judith Whelan said the program would not be possible without the young winners “welcoming us into their lives and communities.” I’m so excited to hear all 28 stories and to share them across the ABC in coming weeks.”

The winning stories can be heard on ABC Radio Melbourne and on the Story Stream via the ABC listen app throughout November and December. They will also be celebrated at a gala event in the heart of Melbourne in December 2022.

Takeover Melbourne is made possible with support from major partner VicHealth and their Future Healthy initiative, and additional support from the Centre for Multicultural Youth, and the local councils of Greater Melbourne, facilitated by City of Melbourne.

You can find more information and listen to the winning entries here.