Bio: Bethan Rainey, WA Winner 2016
Bethan is one of our 2016 Leadership Competition Winners. You can check out her winning entry here and her bio below.
- Describe yourself in 100 words or less!
My name is Bethan Rainey. I was born in Northern Ireland, but I’ve lived in rural Western Australia since I was four years old. It is my daily and lifelong goal to dispel the stigma around third wave feminism and stop neglecting my Instagram account.
- How old are you, what grade are you in and what community/town do you live in?
I am 17 years old, in Year 12 and I live in Bunbury, Western Australia.
- Who is your role model and why?
My role model is Tim Minchin because I think that the way in which he explores ethics, politics, and the intersection between arts and sciences through musical comedy makes important world issues accessible without trivialising them.
- What’s your favourite thing about living in rural Australia?
I think that life in rural Australia is special because the experience of living in a cleaner, less populated place doesn’t compromise the opportunities available to you. I’ve been incredibly lucky to receive a great education with some of Australia’s most treasured natural landscapes on my doorstep.
- What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about the welfare of people in this world. In particular, I am passionate about ensuring that every individual has the ability to recognise and fight for their own rights and beliefs.
- What’s your favourite quote?
“Please don’t make the mistake of thinking the arts and sciences are at odds with one another. That is a recent, stupid, and damaging idea. You don’t have to be unscientific to make beautiful art, to write beautiful things” – Tim Minchin
- Why did you enter Country to Canberra’s Leadership Competition?
I decided to enter the Country to Canberra Competition because it offered not only a cool (and all expenses paid) trip to Canberra, but the opportunity to engage in enlightening and progressive conversations about gender equality.
- What do you hope to get out of the Power Trip to Canberra?
From this trip, I hope to meet and be inspired by the women currently involved in leading Australia. I also hope to discover more about the Australian government and making a career in politics.
- What’s your main goal/ambition right now?
At the moment, I’m focusing on completing my ATAR courses successfully and applying to study Political Science at UWA in 2017.
- Tell us a couple of things you to relax/have fun?
In my free time I love going to the beach, hanging out with my friends and playing the piano.
- How do people stay in touch with you?