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Bay Post: Byron Brunhuber kicking goals after CareerTrackers internship

20-year-old Byron Brunhuber is kicking goals after interning at Bupa through Indigenous program CareerTrackers. His story was featured in the Bay Post.

Written by Andrea Cantle for the Bay Post

The Moruya local and proud Yuinman said the Sydney internship with health and care company Bupa was "huge".

"For someone like me, from a small town in Moruya, the opportunity to intern at a big corporation like Bupa, it's been incredible."

Mr Brunhuber is from the Djiringanj and Brinja nations and said there was a negative stereotype of Indigenous people in Moruya. He wants to rewrite this narrative.

"Growing up came with more negative connotations than positive," he said.

"There is a form of racism where the colour of your skin defines your Aboriginality."

"I was involved in a camp in high school - The Aspiration Initiative (TAI) - where I went out on Aboriginal country and learnt more about my culture and lore.

"That's where I started to feel more comfortable about who I was."

Find your passion and make it happen. Don't let other people place you in a box and limit your potential, regardless of your nationality or colour. 
Byron Brunhuber, Bupa CareerTrackers Intern

Mr Brunhuber looks forward to the future holds after his third and final year studying a Bachelor of Sport

and Exercise Science at the University of Canberra.

A keen rugby league player in Moruya, he easily switched his enthusiasm for sport towards basketball in Canberra.

"I'm really passionate about sports and helping people," he said.

"I would like to go back to my community and if I could work helping Indigenous communities, that would be great.

"I thought there’s no way I could go to university, I thought it wasn’t in the scope for me. I found out that I actually enjoy learning, and that I am actually more intelligent than I thought."

Mr Brunhuber said he was lucky to have had experiences with TAI and CareerTrackers and it was important to grasp opportunities.

"You never know what could happen or where it could take you," he said.

"If I've learned anything, first of all is you've got to finish year 12. Education is so important."

"If you put yourself on a good path, surround yourself with good people, those opportunities will come to you when you're doing good things.

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