Tony made his dream come true

Sunshine Coast Daily - - YOUR WEEKEND -

WUR­TULLA dad Tony Hunkin has over­come se­ri­ous in­juries he suf­fered in a cy­cling ac­ci­dent to be­come the first USC Law School grad­u­ate to be ad­mit­ted to the Supreme Court of Queens­land.

The for­mer phar­ma­cist, who grad­u­ated from a USC Bach­e­lor of Laws (Grad­u­ate En­try) ear­lier this year, signed his ad­mis­sion pa­pers in front of his fam­ily and peers at a spe­cial cer­e­mony at the court re­cently.

It was a ma­jor mile­stone for the 45-year-old fa­ther-of-two, who had en­rolled in USC Law School’s first co­hort af­ter run­ning his own phar­macy at Ma­roochy­dore for 20 years.

Mr Hunkin, who is work­ing for Sun­shine Coast law firm Gar­land Wadding­ton So­lic­i­tors, is now au­tho­rised to prac­tise as a lawyer any­where in Aus­tralia.

He said his ad­mis­sion cer­e­mony, which fol­lowed a 16-week post­grad­u­ate Prac­ti­cal Le­gal Train­ing course, had been par­tic­u­larly sat­is­fy­ing af­ter hav­ing over­come a num­ber of ob­sta­cles dur­ing his de­gree.

“There was cer­tainly a lot of ups and downs on my way to be­ing ad­mit­ted,” he said.

“In Oc­to­ber of my sec­ond year of stud­ies, I broke my neck and back in a cy­cling ac­ci­dent, and I was in a halo brace for nine weeks.

“It was a lot to re­cover from, but my lec­tur­ers were very sup­port­ive, let­ting me de­fer my as­sess­ments. I had to do my ex­ams orally, as I wasn’t even able to write.

“It feels great to have started this new phase, be­ing able to prac­tise com­pletely in­de­pen­dently as a lawyer.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to build­ing my ca­reer in com­mer­cial and prop­erty law.”

Mr Hunkin said tak­ing the plunge into a new ca­reer path by en­rolling in a law de­gree at USC had quickly proven to be one of the best de­ci­sions he had ever made.

“I was ready for a com­plete change in my life.

“Study­ing law was a re­ally good pos­i­tive men­tal ex­pe­ri­ence to test my brain, and I started to thrive on the sub­ject mat­ter.

“I was con­fi­dent that this was the new path for me, and I ended up sell­ing my phar­macy in my sec­ond year at uni.”


OVER­COM­ING OB­STA­CLES: Tony Hunkin has over­come a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent to be the first USC Law School grad­u­ate ad­mit­ted to the Supreme Court of Queens­land.

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