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Praise for Wirral teenager who passed RAF training with flying colours
A TEENAGER from Wallasey was praised by an RAF Commander after passing his basic training at the first attempt and with flying colours.
Aircraftman Dominic Heaney, a former student of St Mary’s Catholic College, was selected to receive the Station Commander’s Cup at his passing out parade at RAF Halton, recognising him as ‘Most Improved’ recruit and awarding him the accolade for ‘Best Effort and Determination’.
The 18-year-old was particularly commended for his leadership and endurance skills, and the fact that he ‘led from the front’ while encouraging and inspiring others.
He will now go on to trade training at RAF Cosford near Wolverhampton where he will learn to be survival equipment fitter.
His future plans include further and higher education and he hopes to eventually apply for officer class.
He will attend a palace ceremony in London to receive The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award.
Proud mum Jayne believes his years of experience in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme at St Mary’s gave him the edge to succeed.
She said: "Dominic got a glowing report from his corporal who noted that he had special skills which he taught to others and consistently led from the front.
"He inspired those who were struggling, particularly on the outward bound training week in Wales.
"I believe this was due largely to the ethos that he absorbed from D of E and from the Christian values of the school."
Out of 70 basic trainees in Dominic’s cohort, only 30 made it to the end at the first attempt.
St Mary’s headteacher Tony Boyle said: "We are very proud of Dominic's achievement.
"He is an inspiration to all our students, and we wish him well in the next stage of his RAF career."
"As a college we are also very proud of a long tradition of providing The Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme to our students, led by a team that is second to none.
"This has proved time and time again to be an excellent foundation for success in so many career pathways."
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