Rockhampton Girls Grammar School students Prue Bottomley and Hayley Jones contemplate their futures as they get ready to finish school.
Rockhampton Girls Grammar School students Prue Bottomley and Hayley Jones contemplate their futures as they get ready to finish school. Chris Isson

Prue has seven years to go

RIO DE Janeiro is a long way from Rockhampton Girls Grammar School.

But ambitious 17-year-old Prue Bottomley has seven years to get there.

Prue’s dream is to represent Australia in equestrian at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

As she and thousands of other Central Queensland Year 12 students walked out of the school gates for the last time yesterday, Prue admitted there was still a lot of hard work ahead of her if she was to achieve her goal.

But the more immediate challenge for Prue and her good friend Hayley Jones is preparing themselves for safe Schoolies Week celebrations.

While they won’t be a part of the overcrowded parties at the Gold Coast, Prue will hit the big smoke of Brisbane with a few girlfriends to indulge in some retail therapy and Hayley will leave the state for a trip to Sydney with her friends.

“Four of us are going to Brisbane to relax and shop. We plan to indulge at some of the restaurants and go to Wet and Wild at the Gold Coast,” Prue said.

She said they might even get a chance to go to the beach and check out the Schoolies activities for a day.

Prue, who grew up on a property at Comet in Central Queensland, said she was moving to Brisbane to study an agricultural science degree next year, while practicing her dressage.

“I have to work on my riding style first, but competing at the Olympic Games is my big dream,” Prue said.

She said her interest for agriculture came from living on the farm and she wanted to get involved in the study of global warming through studying science.

Hayley on the other hand is preparing to sail and map the shores of Australia while on a gap year with the Australian Navy next year.

“If I enjoy it I would like to study nursing and work as a nurse in the Navy,” Hayley said.

The girls said one of the things they would miss about boarding at school was the tight group of dorm mates, who were like sisters.

“It will be hard to say goodbye,” Prue said.

She said there were plenty of fond memories of life in the dorms where the girls made their own fun.

“We have had some crazy screaming card game matches, it’s always a lot of fun. We all became so close,” Prue said.



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