Shanthi’s inspiring story in spotlight
SOUTHERN Gazette reporter Susanne Reilly has been announced as a finalist in the Charmaine Dragun Memorial Award at the 2014 WA Youth Awards.
The nomination recognises her front-page story in the December 3, 2013 edition about Manning teenager Shanthi Fielding.
The young woman had life-saving surgery soon after birth, but her determination to master the intricate moves of a traditional Indian dance helped her endure many more surgeries over the years and anxiety issues that delayed her speech until she was nine.
A link to the story is available online at www.facebook.com /SouthernGazette.
Award winners will be announced on November 20.
Shanthi Fielding’ inspiring story was told by Gazette
reporter Susanne Reilly.