Taupo children shown how to be a leader

Former Air Force pilot Angela Swan-Cronin signs autographs for children attending Friday's Taupo Leadership Day.
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Former Air Force pilot Angela Swan-Cronin signs autographs for children attending Friday's Taupo Leadership Day.

On Friday, 300 Taupo children learned that leadership can be shown in many situations – whether creating books, flying planes to Afghanistan or climbing Mt Everest.

The Infracomfort Taupo Leadership Day brought children from 12 primary schools to the Great Lake Centre to learn about being a leader.

Guest speakers included children's book author Donovan Bixley, extreme marathon runner Mike Allsop, and former Air Force pilot Angela Swann-Cronin.

Donovan Bixley uses a projector to show children attending the 2017 Infracomfort Taupo Leadership Day how he draws to ...
ROBERT STEVEN/FAIRFAX NZ

Donovan Bixley uses a projector to show children attending the 2017 Infracomfort Taupo Leadership Day how he draws to create children's book stories.

Organiser Janice Potts said the event was to show children what could be achieved if they set their minds to it.

"Whether being an artist, a Mt Everest climber or a pilot, there are so many different paths you can take and achieve if you focus on achieving your goals," she said.

Swann-Cronin, the NZ Air Force's first female Maori pilot, said she focused on studying maths and physics at high school so she could achieve her goal of becoming a pilot.

The Rotorua-raised woman said her first two attempts to join the force were declined, but she stuck with it.

On her third attempt, at the age of 22, Swann-Cronin was accepted into the Air Force's training programme.

"Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever," the former C130 Hercules pilot said.

"It's up to you to make the most of this one life on earth."

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