Margaret River students' success recognised

MARGARET River Senior High School students Ella Campbell and Regan Weightman have been playing the role of quiet achievers, keeping their recent successes in adventuring and horse riding under wraps until now.

Ella, year 11, was nominated to attend a 12-day Outward Bound course sponsored by Lions Club in Walpole. 

"There was a lot of hiking," she said.

There was also daunting set of high ropes to conquer. 

"That was scary," Ella said. "I hate heights. But the good part was the flying fox at the end. You just strap in and go."

The course was designed to challenge about 13 students from the state and build their confidence.

"I think it should be an opportunity for everyone," Ella said.

Fellow year 11 student Regan Weightman's achievements have been in horse riding, something she has been doing since the age of seven.

Competing in dressage and showman disciplines at the National Interschool State Championships in Perth, Regan came seventh overall in her elementary and novice classes.

It was the first time the nationals have been held in the state and she was stoked to do so well.

Regan's mum, Vanessa, said Regan "has done all this herself", training her own horses and entering the competitions.

Asked what her favourite moment in horse riding was, Regan said, "Probably winning Youth State Stock Champion three times in a row."

She hopes to try for this title again soon.

She also hopes to study to help horses and people through work with the Riding for Disabled Association.

Both students said they were pleased to have their success in extra curricular activities recognised by MRSHS, particularly as they felt surfing and netball usually dominated in the local school news.

The girls will gain credits towards school results for their achievements.

Well done: Margaret River Senior High School students Ella Campbell and Regan Weightman, year 11, celebrate their success in adventuring and horse riding.

Well done: Margaret River Senior High School students Ella Campbell and Regan Weightman, year 11, celebrate their success in adventuring and horse riding.