Love of dolphins leads to career
IN 2001 there was an article in The Gympie Times Up Close pages about Tin Can Bay junior dolphin carer, 10-year-old Sarah Ballard.
I was asked to do a follow-up on Sarah who, 12 years later, has gone on to bigger and better things involving marine science.
Sarah has offered these words and photo explaining what she is up to.
"I continued to be a dolphin carer at Tin Can Bay for a number of years, volunteering with the Indo Pacific dolphins and after finishing Year 10 at Tin Can Bay School, I then completed years 11 and 12 at Gympie High.
"Throughout my schooling the teachers at both schools gave me much encouragement and motivation to accomplish my dream of one day becoming a marine scientist, which I have wanted to be since I was about two.
"I have always had a great deal of interest in the ocean and it somehow stayed with me throughout.
"In 2009 I was accepted into James Cook University, which is one of the world's leading universities for marine studies.
"I deferred for a year, but am now in my third and final year of study for undergraduates.
"Being accepted into JCU was the greatest achievement for me and many opportunities have come my way as a result of being at this university, such as turtle monitoring at Sandy Cape, but also re-introducing myself to the dolphin program at Tin Can Bay."