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Taking the Lead

Leadership is not for everyone, but it comes naturally for 17-year-old Will Oakley whose contributions to a number of local groups has seen him awarded the Glenelg Shire Youth Awards for February.Will keeps himself busy as school captain of Portland Secondary College, coach of junior cricket and basketball teams, co-vice-captain of the Portland Tigers A Grade team and a basketball referee. It is because of his extensive participation and contribution in those roles that Will received the award and it was one he was surprised to receive."I was surprised, I didn’t even realise I had been nominated. So I was surprised but at the same time it was a pretty good feeling to get recognised for the work I have been doing," Will said. Will has always enjoyed getting involved as much as possible and putting himself out there, and he stepped up into the leadership that comes with it, setting a good example."You can try and rub off on other people the ways you would want them to act, being school captain the year sevens, eights they see what you’re doing," Will said."On the sporting side of things, like with my under 16 cricket, I try my best to teach them and help them move forward and hopefully follow in the path I have taken."Being so involved comes with a busy schedule especially combined with the rigors of year 12 study, but Will manages to handle it."I finish school and most of the time, I will have something to eat and off to cricket training and I’ll umpire basketball after that and then the next night I’ll be playing basketball or coaching basketball," Will said."It’s flat out and at time it’s hard to manage, trying to fit homework in there when you need to as well, it’s about time management."However, it is all made much easier by the fact Will enjoys what he is involved in. "I’d rather be out there doing that than sitting at home doing nothing. It’s something I really enjoy doing and it’s a bit of a privilege to have older people realise you are capable of coaching," Will said. To nominate someone for an award contact Youth Resource Officer Leading Senior Constable Lee-Anne Nelson on 5522 1500.

Taking the lead - Wil Oakley


Photos courtesy of the Portland Observer.


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