Lawrence Area School: Sharon Oosterbroek

Sharon Oosterbroek
Sharon Oosterbroek
Since the day Lawrence Area School head girl Sharon Oosterbroek could walk, she has been running from one challenge to the next.

Balancing school work with extra-curricular school leadership responsibilities and sport is difficult, but the 17-year-old says her biggest challenge during the past year has been living in a flat.

She has been flatting with three other people since she was 16 and relies on a Government benefit and part-time work at a local store to pay her bills.

Making the money go far enough to pay for food, electricity and rent is challenging but Sharon says the experience has given her a crash course on budgeting and how to be independent.

"It would be easy to fall into the trap of being an under-achiever, but I try to take every opportunity that comes my way and I'm determined to make something of myself."

Sharon is a former cross-country champion and has a passion for the outdoors.

She completed a Sport Fitness and Recreation Industry Training Organisation National Award in Outdoor Experiences last year in which she achieved a river safety certificate, a first aid certificate and a belay licence to handle ropes for rock climbers.

While Sharon is comfortable looking after others in the outdoors, she plans to make a career out of pampering people in luxurious hotels.

She hopes to study a Diploma in Hospitality Management at Otago Polytechnic next year.

Achievements: House captain (2008); School Council (2008); Girls basketball A team (2008); River safety Certificate (2008); First aid Certificate (2008); Belay licence (2008); School diligence award (2006); Cross-country champion (2005).

Role model: "I admire people who are going somewhere in life."

Hopes for the future: To study hospitality at Otago Polytechnic.



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