Bristol teenager Will is aiming for a high-flying career
BRISTOL sixth-former Will Pearce is on target for a high-flying career after winning a prestigious Royal Air Force scholarship and completing a testing adventure training course.
Will, 17, a pupil at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Clifton, is one of 25 youngsters from across the UK who will get a £1,000 bursary for academic development and the opportunity to learn about what it means to serve in the RAF.
The student, who wants to be an engineering officer, was put through his paces at Bramley Lakes Adventure Training Centre, near Norwich.
During the week-long course, he took part in climbing, canoeing, abseiling and expedition planning exercises designed to develop team-work and leadership skills.
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After successfully completing the course, part of the RAF's Scholars Award, Will, of Stoke Bishop, said: " It taught me a lot about teamwork and leadership."
The teenager, who was chosen for the scholarship from more than 200 applicants in the UK, added: "The course was very inspiring, boosting my confidence greatly and teaching me the importance of developing good communication skills."
Retired Wing Commander Pat Carter, who set up and helps runs the courses at the training centre, said: "We get the very best youngsters here, and we encourage them to identify not only their strengths but also their weaknesses.
"They have been selected from hundreds of applicants, so they have already done very well to get this far."