Young Australian of the Year 2018 Queensland Finalist
National Team Member of the Year 2018 Runner-up -Coles Supermarkets Australia
Unicorn Award Presented by the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 -most valued volunteer in Athletes Village
Juiced TV 2018 Awards- The Sass Award
Moreton Bay ‘Young Citizen of the Year’ 2019
NCWQ2019 Boyce Bursary Award
Qld One Act Play Festival 2019 Highly Commended
See Me For Who I Am’ TOP 5 -All Abilities Film Festival 2020
AASCF 2021 State Titles Ist place HipHop
AASCF 2021Ist place HipHop and Jazz team
DCE State Showdown 2021 Ist Place HipHop
Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation Championships 2021 1st place Hip Hop and Jazz
GCEisteddfod 2022 Gold-Contemporary Solo
"Disability rights advocate and entertainment all-star Olivia Hargroder has already achieved so much" writes Emily Campbell.
"She is a dancer, actor, athlete, social justice activist and public speaker with a contagious enthusiasm and determination to smash goals.The 22-year-old woman from Redcliffe, north of Brisbane, has addressed the United Nations (UN) Congress, represented her state in competitive swimming and starred in several stage and screen productions.
Olivia also has Down Syndrome. She has faced a range of health problems as a result, including multiple open-heart surgeries and knee operations.
As an accomplished competitive swimmer, Olivia represented Moreton North and Queensland in the Special Olympics, winning gold in the 100-metre freestyle event at the nationals in Adelaide.
It was Olivia’s competitive swimming that inspired her Change the Box campaign, through which she is advocating for the Paralympics to include a new category for athletes with Down Syndrome.
Olivia, who has been swimming since she was little, believes diverse representation in sport is important, prompting her to create a petition calling on the President of the Australian Paralympic Committee to implement more inclusive policies."