Daniel’s soaring ambitions

HIGH FLYER: Daniel Bottomley after completing an RAF adventure training course.

HIGH FLYER: Daniel Bottomley after completing an RAF adventure training course.

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a MIRFIELD sixth-former’s career dreams are set for take off, thanks to a £1,000 boost from the RAF.

Daniel Bottomley, 17, was awarded a bursary to cover the cost of his forthcoming final year at Heckmondwike Grammar School after completing a demanding adventure course earlier this month.

Daniel, of Crowlees Road, took part in rock climbing, abseiling, expedition planning and canoeing round the Norfolk Broads, before becoming one of 60 potential RAF officers from around the country to receive a bursary.

He said: “The purpose of the course was to give us an insight into the kind of skills we’ll need to do our chosen jobs in the RAF.

“The physical aspect of it was all right but learning to adopt different leadership styles and allowing others to lead was more difficult.

“My ambition is to become an officer in the RAF Regiment, where the task is to secure and defend airfields.”

Daniel hopes to go to Newcastle University, to study history, after which he would undergo officer training at the RAF College, at Cranwell, Lincolnshire.