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Sarah has nose for the news

Thursday, 24th February, 2011

READ ALL ABOUT IT: Teenager Sarah Ridley prepares for her next taste of the media as a volunteer with radio station 2BH. READ ALL ABOUT IT: Teenager Sarah Ridley prepares for her next taste of the media as a volunteer with radio station 2BH.

By John Casey

Sixteen-year-old Sarah Ridley is a young girl in a hurry.

The bubbly Willyama Year 11 student will this year become the first representative from the school to study journalism through the West Sydney Institute.

Offered through TAFE NSW, the course is designed to prepare students for a career in journalism by providing experience in areas such as writing, research and photography.

Sarah's long-term goal is to secure work in the electronic media and next month she will get her first taste of the industry with local radio station 2BH.

"I'm really excited about the opportunities that are coming up," Sarah said.

"The plan is for me to work on next month's celebrity cricket match which has been organised as a lead up event for the St Patrick's race day.

"There is also a chance I will help out on the local football when the season starts in April which I'm really looking forward to because I love the footy," Sarah continued.

A keen sportsperson herself, Sarah has participated in a variety of sports including athletics, basketball and netball.

"I've always been interested in sport and in the past I was offered a Far West Academy scholarship in netball," Sarah added.

Having spent time at the Barrier Daily Truth as a work experience student in 2010, Sarah said she hoped to one day forge a successful career in the media as a news presenter.

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