Warwick’s sixteen year old Bridget Hegerty has been selected to attend the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) in January 2018, travelling to attend the event in Canberra.

NYSF is a not-for-profit organisation that runs a number of programs that encourage young people to pursue their passions for science, making Bridget the perfect fit for the program.

“My favourite subject at school is physics. I hope NYSF will open my eyes to the opportunities out there. I’d also like to combine being able to help others with my love of physics in a career,” said Bridget.

The experience will be a unique opportunity for Bridget to get experience in her chosen field of work, but she’s also looking forward to meeting like-minded teenagers who love physics as much as she does.

“Warwick is a rural town & there aren’t many opportunities to get experience in my unusual combination of career goals. I’m looking forward to meeting other students who also have a passion for physics as it’s a bit unusual,” she said.

Her travels will be sponsored by her local Rotary Group, of which Bridget is a proud member. Since joining, Bridget has been exposed to the hard work of volunteers. She admits it has given her a new perspective on helping others.

“When I’ve been caught up in school, work and teenage life, sometimes the world has seemed daunting and negative with all the poverty and humanitarian disasters. You feel helpless as you can’t fix it. Even though I’m only new to it, with Rotary I feel as though I can make a difference. It might only be small but at least it’s something. Volunteering my time helps the group raise money for those less fortunate than us. It helps that my Rotary group, Warwick Sunrise are the nicest people and very easy to be with,” Bridget said.

“There’s a much bigger world out there and you can make a difference. You can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”

Bridget has also recently represented Queensland by placing third in the Novice Dressage at the Australian Interschool Equestrian National Championships on a horse she is training herself.

Her experience riding and training horses began when she was seven.

“I had a tricky green pony who would often unseat me so I had no choice but to learn how to train it and my love of training developed into a love of dressage as I found it so rewarding,” said Bridget.

“I currently have a 17 hand warm blood Fairbanks IPod (or Pod!). I got him when he was six and we are slowly moving up the levels of dressage. I love him to bits.”

Bridget’s mother, Leonie Hegerty has been delighted to watch her daughter take strides towards a selfless and successful future.

“I’m so proud of Bridget being selected for the Rotary NYSF program,” said Ms Hegerty.

“The local Rotary experience is so good for her personally, but it isn’t one way. Her volunteering helps raise funds for much needed programs.”

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