SIERRA ANASTAS - 2019 KOKODA YOUTH LEADERSHIP RECIPIENT
Earlier this year, Sierra Anastas was chosen as the recipient of the Woonona Bulli RSL Club 2019 Kokoda Youth Leadership Program to take part in this year’s Kokoda Trek.
The Challenge is aimed at young people at school in the community who are having difficulty in finding their way in society or to encourage young achievers with natural leadership skills.
At the same time, the Kokoda Youth Leadership Program aims to create a greater awareness of the sacrifices of the diggers on the Kokoda campaign among our young people to ensure the traditions live on.
Sierra proved to be an exceptional candidate for the Trek. A Smith Hill Student with a keen interest in the Australian Defense Force and with already four years Cadet Under Officer experience under her belt at the time that she submitted her application.
The Trek took place from the 28th September to the 9th October, 2019.
To prepare for the Trek, Sierra received extensive personal training from our Woonona Bulli RSL Fitness Centre staff to get physically fit for the Trek as well as doing regular small Treks in her own time.
Completing Kokoda proved to be an amazing experience for Sierra and has helped her in her day to day life as a reminder that her life needs to be the best it can be. Sierra also learned valuable lessons about the value of mateship.
On Remembrance Day this year, we caught up with Sierra when she attended our Remembrance Day Service here at the Club. At the time Sierra had just been confirmed for her Regional Cadet Under Officer position for the New South Wales Australian Army Cadets brigade for 2020.
I’m sure you’ll agree that this exceptional young lady has done the Club and her Community proud and we would like to take this opportunity to wish Sierra all the very best in the future.
No doubt we’ll see great things from Sierra in the years to come!