St Brendan’s College student Lionel Anau chats with Rockhampton Police officer Richard Monaei about pursuing his career dream of becoming a police officer.
St Brendan’s College student Lionel Anau chats with Rockhampton Police officer Richard Monaei about pursuing his career dream of becoming a police officer. Sharyn Oneill

Lionel is leading by example

LIONEL Anau was born to be a "leader".

The St Brendan's College student, who is from the Torres Strait island of Boigu, has set himself a long-term challenge to become a police officer so "I can show my family they can become leaders" too.

The year 10 student plans to take up a 24-month cadetship in the force once he finished school in 2014.

He had a chat yesterday with Rockhampton Police officer Senior Constable Richard Monaei at the FOGS Indigenous Employment Expo to get a feel of what life in the force entailed.

The expo attracted more than 500 young indigenous and other people from Rockhampton region schools, along with Origin great former New Zealand Warriors captain Steve Price and injured Broncos winger Jharal Yow Yeh.

If Snr Constable Monaei wasn't enough, Lionel had Price and Yow Yeh on his shoulders, motivating him to participate in all curricular activities.

"They told me to do my school work and work hard," Lionel said.

"I got their (Price and Yow Yeh) signatures and they were helpful."

Other who's who of the rugby league circle - including Gene Miles, Gary Belcher, Steve Walters, Matt Sing, Michael Hancock and Allan Langer - were also mingling with the kids.

Price urged kids to not waste time mucking around at the expo but to instead take advantage of the exhibitors.

STEVE'S TIPS

Don't muck around and grab every opportunity that comes your way

Finish year 12 and get an education

Play hard but work harder - and smarter