Moss­man stu­dents eye ca­reer on the bat­tle­field with ADF hon­ours

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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