UC grad swaps textbooks for tiaras

UC grad swaps textbooks for tiaras

Alison Dance

12 April 2013: A recently graduated medical science student from the University of Canberra will be swapping textbooks for tiaras to compete in Miss World Australia.

Brook Leslight graduated in the 27 March ceremony at Parliament House with a Bachelor of Medical Science and is now excited to enter her first pageant.

“I have always aspired to be a role model and inspire others. Not only does being involved in this competition inspire younger girls, but it also raises money for a charity that is dedicated to medicine, rural communities and education,” Ms Leslight said.  

Contestants of Miss World Australia fundraise for the charity Beauty with a Purpose, which raises funds to support the Indigenous community Lilla in the Northern Territory.

“The funds will help provide basic education and medical supplies – things that too many of us take for granted.  Fundraising for this community has certainly helped me gain a better perspective of the world, especially the importance of helping those less fortunate,” she said. 


UC alumna Brook Leslight is excited to enter her first pageant, pictured here at her graduation ceremony in March. Photo: Michelle McAulay 

The 21-year-old from Malua Bay has set herself a fundraising goal of $6,000 and to help reach this she is organising barbeques and a charity fashion show. The show will be held on 27 April at Hotel Realm, it will be styled by Lovage Magazine and include live music, entry into a lucky door prize and champagne.

Ms Leslight believes her history of volunteering and strong career aspirations will help her stand out among the other contestants. During high school she represented her local youth on the Eurobodalla Shire Youth Council while mentoring and coaching children in sport, particularly dressage.  

“I believe my background with working with the council and volunteering will help me stand out.  I am endeavoring to become a surgeon as well as my lifetime sporting goal: representing Australia in the Olympics in dressage,” she said.  

Ms Leslight works for the Calvary Hospital as a technical officer in specimen reception. She is currently investigating further study options to eventually become a surgeon.  

At the end of April she will submit a portfolio detailing her fundraising efforts as a secondary application process.

For more information visit Brook Leslight’s Facebook page

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