Brittany proves you're never too young to lead

SHE’S a netball captain, surf lifesaver, former school captain and makes the most of every opportunity to help other people — all this at just 14 years of age. 

Monivae College student Brittany Carter was one of 16 people selected for the prestigious Whitten Leadership Project, a program run by the Western Bulldogs AFL Football Club to encourage the next generation of young leaders. 

“For me leadership is about respect but also getting respect back — I admire people who are involved in the community and spend time talking to everyday people in the community,” Brittany said.

The Portland district teen was one of 16 young leaders to make a presentation at the Glenelg Shire chamber in Portland. Others involved are Blayney Newton, Jorja Mallen, Thomas Hernan, Charlie Ryan, Olivia Cottier, Harrison Hampshire, Ty Deans, Hamish Clark, Bethany Bates, Jessica Pethybridge, Tayla Falconer, Eamon Crossley, Zoe Shepherd, Brock Carter and Giaan Englezos.

 It’s the first year Glenelg Shire has participated in the program and mayor John Northcott congratulated those involved before presenting them with their uniforms. 

Participants in the Whitten leadership program take part  in sessions across a range of elite sporting environments including the AFL, Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Vixens. 

They explore leadership styles and life skills including self-awareness, relationships, goal setting, resilience, support networks, teamwork and development of others. 

Participants work closely with local councils to discuss civic leadership and work in teams to complete a community leadership project in their local community.

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