Leeuwin leader awards finalist

WA Training Awards finalist Angela Lewis.
WA Training Awards finalist Angela Lewis.

Angela Lewis, second officer with the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation and Challenger Institute of Technology student, is a finalist in the WA Vocational Student of the Year category.

Ms Lewis fell in love with the maritime industry after volunteering on the Leeuwin II as a teenager.

After leaving high school she gained a Certificate IV in Maritime Operations at Challenger, and completed the 1000 days at sea needed before she could study a deck watchkeeper course.

The qualification will allow her to sail as a navigational watchkeeper on any vessel anywhere in the world, and take her a step closer to becoming a captain.

�It wasn�t expecting it at all � it came as a real shock,� she said of her nomination. �It�s a great opportunity to put the word out about the industry and sailing.�

Winners, who will share in $80,000 in cash and prizes, will be announced on September 4.

Ms Lewis said the money would be put towards her ongoing studies.