Moura woman a leader

Central Telegraph - - NEWS -

A YOUNG woman from Moura has won a “Power Trip” to Can­berra to con­nect with in­flu­en­tial fe­male men­tors, af­ter be­ing an­nounced as one of three win­ners of Coun­try to Can­berra’s pres­ti­gious Lead­er­ship Com­pe­ti­tion.

Ameli­ija Swaf­fer-Selff, 15, has been re­warded for her out­stand­ing ideas about di­ver­sity and lead­er­ship.

Dubbed “the ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time”, the Power Trip prize in­cludes a Pow­er­ful Women’s Break­fast at the Hy­att Ho­tel, meet­ings with fed­eral min­is­ters, men­tor ses­sions, a tour of Par­lia­ment, lead­er­ship and pub­lic speak­ing train­ing, tick­ets to Ques­tion Time and more.

Previous win­ners have met with for­mer for­eign min­is­ter Julie Bishop, Deputy Op­po­si­tion Leader Tanya Plibersek and even the prime min­is­ter.

Coun­try to Can­berra chief ex­ec­u­tive Han­nah Wan­del said the girls – all from re­gional Queens­land – should be ex­tremely proud of this huge achieve­ment.

“They’ll be great am­bas­sadors for their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties when they shine on the na­tional stage in Can­berra,” Ms Wan­del said.

“Our aim is to em­power all ru­ral girls to reach their lead­er­ship po­ten­tial and that’s why we also run our em­power work­shops in schools.

“We need to con­tinue to en­cour­age young women’s lead­er­ship, fight for gen­der equal­ity and a fairer and more pro­gres­sive Aus­tralia for all.”

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