She Can Do Anything
At just 16 years of age Stephanie Millar is now listed in the Australian top 10 of National Adventure training.
Her average number of sit-ups exceed 100, she can punch out two minutes of push-ups no problem, and will trek for five nights in the wilderness, living off Baked Beans, 2 minute noodles and a bag of beef casserole.
‘Yeah – they’re designed to be eaten in the dark too. They’re not too bad if you can’t see what you’re eating,’ Stephanie says as she laughs about her experience in Canberra with fellow cadet and Fairholme student, Sophie Bilborough.
‘Sophie and I were picked as two of 15 cadets in Queensland to head down to Canberra and compete in the Nation Adventure Training.’
The girls navigated over 125 kilometres over the five days, carrying 30 kilogram packs.
There were 18 navigation courses every day that included high ropes, sand bagging and trekking, to name a few.
It was the ultimate test in bush navigation, field engineering and survival skills.
‘I loved it. It was hard – really hard. But very rewarding.’
Sixty percent of the cadets passed, including both Sophie and Stephanie.
Sophie, the youngest of all the cadets, finished in the 10.
‘Well you had to be aged 16 to be in it, and I turned 16 the first day of the adventure training. So I was the youngest there.’
That Fairholme spirit kicked in pretty quickly, and age was no barrier.
‘There was minimal sleep over the five days, the weather was horrid - dropping to 2 or 3 degrees and raining on and off. It was physically demanding every second of every day, but we did it.’ Sophie beams as she recounts the commitment she and Sophie showed.
At the end of the five days Stephanie was rewarded.
She and Sophie received the ATA badge, which only the top 1% of cadets in Australia get.
‘It’s not a career path for me. It was something I did as extra-curricular. Cadets provides you with such a unique leadership opportunity – from such a young age you get exposed to great leadership opportunities.’