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“One of my goals is becoming a good role model and strong leader for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait people. I want to be able to inspire others to do what they’ve always dreamt of doing.”
When Sally Moyan was young she couldn’t decide whether she wanted to be famous, or become a Wildlife Warrior. Her first job was helping her parents around the house for pocket money, and her worst was gutting turkeys!
Five years ago, she moved to Canberra to play with the ACT Meteors and she hasn’t looked back. But her achievements off the field are just as impressive – being named Australian and ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year in 2014 has been a well-deserved highlight.
“I love being healthy and active in my day-to-day life, whether it’s challenging or pushing myself to the limit on a sporting field or working outdoors taking care of the environment. What I love most of all, being an ambassador for Vocational Education and Training and having the opportunity to inspire others.”
Sally finished her Horticultural and Conservation Land Management qualifications and now works full-time as an environmental worker, with a dream of becoming a park ranger or field officer. “Growing up I was lucky to have the two greatest mentors out there—my folks. They instilled in me a sense of belief and passion for living and gave me the courage to be whoever I wanted to be.”
Now Sally is passing those beliefs on to the next generation. “One of my goals is becoming a good role model and strong leader for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait people. I want to be able to inspire others to do what they’ve always dreamt of doing.”
Sally loves that Canberra is on the doorstep to nature. “It’s beautiful. I’m surrounded by bushland, rivers and mountains. I’m in my element!”
In fact, Sally believes that promoting our parks better is one of our key challenges. “We’ve got some of the best places here in Australia and everyone should learn about them!”
Sally’s advice to her sixteen-year-old self is simple: Live life to the full, rather than simply ‘existing’—and lead others in a positive light. She seems to have taken that advice on board herself, and is a shining example of what a young woman in Canberra can be.
Discover the rest of our 15 Women to Watch in 2015 here.
Read about Nellie Peoples, Meegan Fitzharris, Zoya Patel, Belinda Neame, Tegan McAuley, Louisa de Smet, Heidi Stratford, Dr Sudha Rao, Carla & Emma Papas, Tara Cheyne, Sally Moylan, Kylie Travers, Kaleid, Julie Okely, Michelle Melbourne and Joanna Allebone.