Real life su­per­hero

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

MOSS­MAN teenager An­ton Santa Cruz has been nom­i­nated in the Young Leader cat­e­gory for be­ing a “real-life su­per­hero” as part of the Pride of Aus­tralia awards.

The busy 18-year-old has been help­ing the com­mu­nity by vol­un­teer­ing his time since he was 14 in surf life­sav­ing, Emer­gency Ser­vices cadets, the Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice, the Blue Light As­so­ci­a­tion, the State Emer­gency Ser­vices and is cur­rently sign­ing up for Queens­land Fire and Res­cue.

On the odd oc­ca­sion An­ton is not vol­un­teer­ing, he is work­ing at Wool­worths af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Moss­man State High School in 2011 and com­plet­ing a diploma of jus­tice stud­ies with the Col­lege for Law and Jus­tice to go to­wards his goal of be­com­ing a Queens­land po­lice of­fi­cer.

“I like to help the com­mu­nity and make some­what of a dif­fer­ence and I think it’s a key role for a Queens­land po­lice of­fi­cer and I’ve al­ways wanted to be one,” he said.

“The ben­e­fits are be­ing able to in­ter­act with the com­mu­nity, get­ting to know dif­fer­ent peo­ple and know you’ve made a dif­fer­ence and ben­e­fited some­one else vol­un­teer­ing your own time and do­ing what like you like to do best.

“Through the groups I have been part of I have made a dif­fer­ence to ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity but also my­self, I have ob­tained dif­fer­ent life skills, in­ter­acted with dif­fer­ent peo­ple and ob­tained skills I will use when I am an ac­tual po­lice con­sta­ble.”

Mr Santa Cruz has been nom­i­nated un­der the Young Leader medal cat­e­gory, which is one of ten in­clud­ing Out­stand­ing Brav­ery, Courage, Hero­ism, Com­mu­nity Spirit, Child of Courage, Care and Com­pas­sion, In­spi­ra­tion, En­vi­ron­ment and Fair Go.

If you know some­one in the com­mu­nity who de­serves recog­ni­tion for their ef­forts, nom­i­nate them at www.pride­o­faus­tralia. Nom­i­na­tions close next Tues­day, July 3.

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