Dana to soar to new heights for holidays

SOARING HIGH: St Mary's College student Dana Evans will travel to Perth in the school holidays to take part in flight camp.
SOARING HIGH: St Mary's College student Dana Evans will travel to Perth in the school holidays to take part in flight camp. Contributed

YEAR 11 student Dana Evans has been giving some serious thought about what she wants to be when she graduates from high school.

The St Mary's College student has always had an interest in engineering, but is now also considering becoming a pilot.

"I did work experience with Boeing for the engineering aspect, but then that opened my eyes up to the possibility of becoming a pilot,” Dana said.

With an exciting new career path to follow, Dana went and spoke to the school's defence transition mentor Christina Page to talk about options which would allow her to fly planes professionally when she is older.

That's when the pair of them applied for Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Flight Camp for women. It is an initiative which is aimed at increasing female recruitment and promoting the air force as an employer of choice for young women.

Each years thousands of young women aged between 16 and 24 apply, but only a handful are selected.

After sending in a application and a letter of recommendation from one of her teachers, Dana was one of six women selected nationally to attend the camp in Perth these September school holidays.

"I didn't think I would be chosen, so I was very surprised,” she said.

While at the RAAF base in Perth, Dana will have the opportunity to explore a career in aviation, engineering and technical trade which are available in the air force.

She will also be exposed to military aviation exercises, experience the day to day routing of an air force base and engage with air force members.

Dana will sleep on base and even undertake physical training with the recruits.

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