Photo by the Sir Peter Blake Trust.
An aspiring New Zealand astronaut is set to enthral
Queenstown pupils today.
Dr Karen Willcox will speak to Wakatipu High School pupils as
a member of the Sir Peter Blake Trust ''Dream Team,'' of
high-profile New Zealanders, an initiative to encourage New
Zealand young people to dream big.
Dr Willcox, a New Zealander, is a department co-director at
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United
States, and is involved in globally significant research and
teaching, in the field of aeronautics and astronautics. She
will speak to the pupils on the topics of goal-setting,
determination, and drive to achieve their dreams.
During the talk she will discuss her experiences, her
successes and the lessons learnt from her career.
Dr Willcox's address is part of a ''dare dream do''
initiative, led by New Zealand
Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae, which aims to inspire
youth during the Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership Week.
Dr Willcox is joined on the 300-strong dream team by other
high-profile New Zealanders including scientists,
politicians, athletes and business people.
Sir Peter Blake Trust chief executive officer Shelly Campbell
said the size of the dream team meant more than 10,000 pupils
would be given the chance to be inspired by
The Leadership Week began yesterday and runs until next
Friday, July 12, Red Socks Day, which celebrates and marks
Sir Peter Blake's life.
- Leith Huffadine