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Broncos community program propels Charleville student’s career

A Beyond the Broncos Girls Academy graduate from Charleville has seen her career soar sky high, securing her dream job in the Royal Australian Airforce.

Former Charleville State High School student, Anastasia O’Neil, 21, praised the program for building her confidence and teaching her valuable leadership skills that have assisted in her role as a Network Technician with the ADF.

The Beyond the Broncos Girls Academy mentors and supports girls in year 7-12 and into young adulthood to improve school attendance, build confidence and set career pathways.

“I didn’t choose to go to university after school. Instead, I pursued my dream and joined the

Australian Defence Force to become a Network Technician with the RAAF,” Anastasia said.

“The best thing about the academy was the bond between staff and students.

“I personally felt as if I had gained friendships with the Beyond the Broncos staff and that they were there to support me and encourage me through my schooling and choices in my future careers.

“They constantly asked about our plans for the future, especially because I was in senior

years when attending the academy.

“It made me feel more encouraged and prouder to strive and reach my goals.”

Christine Halliwell, General Manager of Community and Government Programs at the Brisbane Broncos, said Anastasia exemplified the program’s incredible contribution to the lives of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

“Anastasia is a positive example of what can be achieved through our Girls Academy and is

an amazing role model for other young Indigenous girls,” Ms Halliwell said.

“It has been an honour witnessing Anastasia’s growth over the past five years and seeing

her achieve her full potential in her dream job.

“The Academy’s work would not be possible without the support of the Federal Government,

State Government and our corporate sponsors so they should also be very proud of young women like Anastasia.”

Anastasia, the first Girls Academy graduate to secure a job in the Australian Defence Force,

hopes her career success will inspire other young Indigenous girls to have the confidence to

chase their dreams.

Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said the Broncos program recognised the

vital role that young Indigenous women play in influencing the next generation.

“Engagement in education helps outstanding young women like Anastasia into exciting

careers that make an important contribution to the country, no more so than joining the

Australian Defence Force,” he said.

“I commend the Broncos for this great success story and warmly congratulate Anastasia on

her achievements to date.”

More than 180 Indigenous girls in 32 schools in Queensland and northern New South Wales completed their year 12 studies last year under the guidance of the Beyond the Broncos Girls


They join almost 1,700 female students who have helped to create exciting new career paths

for themselves since the Girls Academy was set up by the Broncos in 2016.

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