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WHEN Dannielle We­ston started work­ing at Hast­ings Deer­ing in 2011, she never imag­ined she would be recog­nised for her work at a na­tional awards cer­e­mony in Can­berra seven years later.

Walking through the cor­ri­dors of Par­lia­ment House, Ms We­ston said her nerves kicked in as she joined Queens­land’s lead­ing women vy­ing for top hon­ours in the Women in Re­sources Na­tional Awards.

Rep­re­sent­ing the state in the annual awards, Ms We­ston was pre­sented with a highly com­mended prize in the Ex­cep­tional Trade Tech­ni­cian/Op­er­a­tor Cat­e­gory.

“As soon as we walked in there, the nerves kicked in. Ev­ery­one wants to win, but to be here with so many tal­ented women is ab­so­lutely amaz­ing.”

Ms We­ston said op­por­tu­ni­ties cre­ated by the Women in Re­sources Awards can ed­u­cate younger girls and women about po­ten­tial ca­reers in a STEM (Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, Engi­neer­ing, and Math­e­mat­ics) field.

“It is en­cour­ag­ing girls to look be­yond tra­di­tional ca­reers and con­sider STEM cour­ses and trades,” she said.

“Awards like this put women in the spot­light but also show them the re­sources sec­tor has changed sig­nif­i­cantly and there are plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties for women.”

Photo: Con­trib­uted

WOMEN AWARDS: Lo­cal diesel fit­ter Dannielle We­ston at­tended the Women In Re­sources Na­tional Awards in Can­berra on Thurs­day.

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