Canberra bound Charlee's 'power'

SELECTED: Charlee Watt from Port Lincoln is one of the 16 winners of the Country to Canberra Leadership Competition.
SELECTED: Charlee Watt from Port Lincoln is one of the 16 winners of the Country to Canberra Leadership Competition.

A Port Lincoln girl is one of four youths from South Australia who will go on a "Power Trip" to Canberra as winners of the Country to Canberra Leadership Competition.

Charlee Watt has been selected as one of the winners and will join a group of 16 from across Australia for a trip to Canberra to meet with female leaders, including politicians and chief executive officers.

The winners were recognised for their outstanding ideas about female empowerment and leadership.

Charlee said she had applied two months ago and did not hear the news until recently when she received a phone call while going to a show in Adelaide with some friends.

"I was a bit shocked because I didn't really know if I would get it because I'm in the younger age bracket, but I was so stoked," she said.

In her submission Charlee spoke about her interest in gender equality and her idea of an app that brought together ideas for women who could access new mentors, education models and experiences.

The Canberra trip has been postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19 but the winners will get the chance to meet one another in a virtual setting during a two-day online program, called C2C On Screen. The program will also include events such as a mentorship round robin and leadership workshops.

Country to Canberra chief executive officer Han Wendel said while it was difficult to postpone this year's Power Trip, it was exciting to offer a virtual opportunity for participants to connect and engage with high-profile, influential speakers. Charlee said she was looking forward to being involved and learning leadership and communication skills.

"I had always said I wanted to be more politically engaged and aware, but I never had the chance to so but with Country to Canberra, that's possible," she said.

"I have a voice and have a lot to say but I want to learn the right words to say, and how to say them."

This story Charlee's power recognised first appeared on Port Lincoln Times.