21 Feb Josh finds his skates on the track and his wings in the air

Josh Denton has had a very busy summer indeed! Before returning to Nayland College to begin his final year, Josh spent 11 days on Woodbourne Air Base with the Air Training Corp (ATC). As well as attending lectures, completing drills and studying navigation, Josh took daily flights with an instructor to gain flying hours toward his pilot’s licence.


Although he has been an ATC Cadet since Year 9, Josh says that this summer experience has confirmed his future career path. “I always wanted to be a pilot, but this really cemented it.” At the completion of the camp Josh was awarded the Air New Zealand Prize, earning him time in the airline’s flight simulator and a trans-Tasman flight in the cockpit of a commercial aircraft.


But that’s not all! In early February the Year 13 student travelled to the Banked Track Speed Skating Nationals in Timaru, gaining three silver medals and one bronze as part of a successful Nelson team.


To prepare for competitions, Josh trains twice a week with the Nelson Speed Skating Club in Tahuna where his coaches, Alan and Anna Bartlett, support a growing team of skaters. His family are there for him too, with his brother, sister and father also skating competitively. Josh says he enjoys “getting into a rhythm and building up speed” on the track.

Read about the team’s success at Nationals here.