Mossman students eye career on the battlefield with ADF honours
THREE Mossman students intent on serving their country have received prestigious Australian Defence Force Academy awards.
Nadia Zigas, Rose Coysh and Alan Carrington were among 120 young people chosen from more than 10,000 applicants for the Academy’s education awards.
Naval petty officer Alan Lovelle presented the prizes, which included new laptop computers, to the Year 12 students at Mossman State High School’s assembly on Friday.
Petty officer Lovelle said in his speech that the awards recognised exceptional students who would eventually become Defence Force leaders.
“In order to become one of these elite Australians, candidates must show a high level of academic and sporting achievement, be team and community oriented and demonstrate a high level of leadership potential,” he said.
Rose, 17, plans to enter the RAAF as a logistic officer, Nadia, 17, hopes to work in intelligence and Alan, 17, is working towards becoming a pilot.
Both young women are following a family tradition in joining the armed services.
Rose’s grandfather and uncle served in the Navy and her father, David, RAAF.
“I’m proud and apprehensive. A military career is a big step,” Mr Coysh said.
Nadia’s father served in the Army and her older brother, Joshua, is about to be deployed to serve in Afghanistan.
“I’ve been around the military my whole life, it’s something
is part of the that was talked about a lot when I was growing up,” she said.
The trio so far have undergone a rigorous selection process, including aptitude, medical and fitness testing, facing a selection panel of high-ranking military officers and spending four days in Canberra.
Their acceptance hinges upon their final school results, but if all goes to plan they could be training in Canberra with fellow recruits by January.
“They’ll be at home for a little Christmas dinner but they’ve got to keep their fitness up, so they can’t indulge too much,” laughed petty officer Lovelle.
Each teenager will spend at least three years studying at the Academy.
Top honours: Mossman High students Rose Coysh, Nadia Zigas and Alan Carrington with Naval Petty Officer Alan Lovelle.