FOR former local boy, Ben Spring, ANZAC Day this year was extra special as he marched along Boorowa Street as part of the HMAS Albatross contingent in Young.
The 20-year-old son of Ray and Leanne Spring, is currently living in Sydney where he works as an apprentice marine technician with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) at Garden Island.
As a marine technician on board HMAS Kuttabul, Ben is currently learning the intricacies of the ship’s pipework and electrical systems. Once fully qualified, he’ll be able to handle mechanical issues on board any RAN submarine.
Ben says working for the navy has always been his dream, but he was pleased to be able to spend some time at home.
“I have always wanted to do it (serve with the navy) – and I love it, but being home on ANZAC Day was pretty good too,” he said.
Ben is a former Young North Public School and Young High student who was also a very keen sportsman.
During his school days Ben played for the Cherrypickers and also tried his hand with the Young AFL Saints but now living in Sydney has rekindled his love for rugby league playing for the Navy Titans when he’s not at sea.
Since starting with the Royal Australian Navy, Ben has completed his Certificate Four in Fitness and is looking to expand his career as a training and development instructor once he qualifies as a marine technician.
Young High School careers advisor Sue Matthew said she remembers the day Ben’s ambition was born – when he looked up the Defence Force online.
“It is great to see that Ben has followed his dreams and is doing so well with the Navy,” Ms Matthews said.
Young High principal Andrew Turvey said the school is delighted with Ben’s success.
“Young High School is very proud of Ben and his achievements with the navy and we wish him all the best for his future,” Mr Turvey said.
“Ben is an inspiration to current students at Young High School and his determination demonstrates that they can also achieve their career goals,” he said.