Re­mem­ber­ing a young ad­ven­turer

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What makes a good friend?

gives me a cud­dle

What do you want to be when you grow up?

teacher be­cause it makes kids do learn­ing

What are you re­ally good at and why?

my hat on Putting

What do you want for your next birth­day?

had my two birth­days

Bun­nings, it has lit­tle trol­lies

Favourite place to go?

for kids

Naugh­ti­est thing you’ve done?

my sis­ter

How old is a grown up?

birth­day 13. Mummy just had her

What is the best thing about be­ing a kid?

Go­ing in the shower

Hap­pi­est me­mory? Favourite thing to do and why?

Giv­ing Mummy cud­dles Play with toys be­cause cars can drive

Nicest thing you’ve done for some­one?

Mummy

What makes you laugh?

things

Jokes?

When some­one I al­ready

I screamed at When Poppy does silly Some­times I do jokes at my sis­ter. Peek-a-boo.

Hug A “HE was one of the good ones” was how Mitchell Whale’s agri­cul­ture teacher Rob Dim­mick de­scribed the 14-year-old from Welling­ton.

Trag­i­cally killed in an ac­ci­dent in late Au­gust, Mitchell was fondly re­mem­bered by all who knew him in a large memo­rial ser­vice at Welling­ton Civic Cen­tre on Septem­ber 11.

“It was stand­ing room only,” Mr Dim­mick said. “To have a thou­sand peo­ple there spoke a thou­sand words.”

Mitchell was a very well-liked mem­ber of the Welling­ton High School com­mu­nity, where he was in Year 9.

“He was well-liked, well-re­spected too,” Mr Dim­mick said.

One of Mitchell’s big­gest pas­sions was show­ing cat­tle and he was able to at­tend both the Syd­ney and Mel­bourne Royal Shows as part of the high school team.

“He was part of the show team for the past two years,” Mr Dim­mick said.

“He took to show­ing like he was a nat­u­ral and took any op­por­tu­nity he was given in that field. Even at his first show, he won prizes and he was given a lot of re­spect in the in­dus­try and in the school. He was also will­ing to work hard to do what he needed to do for the team. He was cer­tainly a team player.”

It’s a sen­ti­ment that was echoed by Mitchell’s Year 6 teacher Al­lan Jones from St Mary’s Catholic School in Welling­ton.

“He was the kid who would do the things that you needed to be done,” he said.

Mr Jones de­scribed Mitchell as “hum­ble, car­ing and a great kid”. “He had a great na­ture.

“He also had lead­er­ship qual­i­ties and was our pri­mary cap­tain in Year 6 as well as a Kin­der­garten buddy. “He cared for our lit­tle ones. “He also loved the out­doors and loved the land.”

Mr Dim­mick agreed.

“He loved any­thing to do with an­i­mals and any­thing to do with farm­ing. He was a typ­i­cal farm kid and happy do­ing farm stuff.”

Mitchell’s par­ents Mathew and Kylie said that Mitchell was also into a lot of sports in­clud­ing soc­cer, rugby, ath­let­ics, go-cart­ing and wa­ter-ski­ing.

“He was al­ways an out­door boy,” Mrs Whale said. “He was also a per­son that couldn’t sit still.

“He was never in­side,” Mr Whale added.

The fam­ily fondly re­mem­ber camp­ing trips to Cape York and the Simp­son Desert in 2014 and 2017 re­spec­tively.

On those trips, Mitchell and younger brother Cameron, now 12, spent a

Whale, left, was trag­i­cally killed in an ac­ci­dent in late Au­gust. He's pic­tured with his mum and dad and younger brother

NICOLE MCGUIRE

lot of time ex­plor­ing – from the sand dunes to beach fish­ing.

“Mitchell was a very ad­ven­tur­ous boy. He was also a great joke-teller around the fire at night.”

Mr Whale said Mitchell was a very good helper on the fam­ily farm at Glen­roy, Gol­lan, where he did lots of jobs.

“We have a fat lamb and cat­tle farm, he loved help­ing on the farm.

PHOTO:

Mitchell Cameron.

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