Member of the Legislative Council, Natasha Maclaren-Jones is calling on young people in NSW to enter this year’s Premier’s Anzac Ambassadors Program for an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of heroes.

The program, which is sponsored by ClubsNSW, is open to all young people aged between 16 and 17 across NSW and the successful six applicants will retrace the steps of Australian soldiers across Athens, Lemnos, Crete, Paris, Ieper and the Somme in April 2016.

Mrs Maclaren-Jones said the program was a fantastic opportunity for young people in NSW to put into writing why they believe the Centenary of Anzac is important for modern Australia.

“We have so many talented young people in NSW, and while not everyone who applies will be successful, it will be great to see younger people talking about the importance of the Centenary of Anzac and ensuring the legacy lives on,” she said.

Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott said the Premier’s Anzac Ambassadors Program provides a pathway for those students who want to go beyond the classroom in learning about the sacrifices our forefathers made on the battlefields of WWI.

ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball said the experience would enrich the lives of students participating, as well as their local communities, and thanked the NSW Government for its support for the program.

The Hon Natasha Maclaren-Jones, Major General Warren Glenny and former Premier Nathan Rees with judge this year’s essays.

Entries are now open and can be submitted via email to anzacambassadors@clubsnsw.com.au until 5pm Friday 18 December 2015. Terms and conditions can be found at www.clubsnsw.com.au/Anzacambassador.