Making the most of any opportunity

I am the youngest of two children. My parents Barry and Elaine Hancock moved to Port Lincoln when I was 18 months old. I did all my schooling at the local primary and high schools. While I was at school I worked two jobs, Woolworths and Focus Video and after I left school I got a full time job at NACOS Credit Union. During my younger years I was involved in quite a few activities, including Brownies, calisthenics, hockey, basketball, netball, volleyball and my most favourite sport, softball.

In 1986 my friend Davin Bryant introduced me to the Port Lincoln St John’s Cadet Division. We were taught first aid and how to help people before the ambulance arrived. I was involved in competitions where we competed against different brigades all over the state. We were given different scenarios to attend and were marked on how well we did. In 1991 I was awarded the Young Citizen of the Year award which was an awesome honour.

In 1993 I was asked to enter the Tunarama Quest. I was sponsored by Schultz and Bassham chemist and carried out fundraising for the Port Lincoln cadets and the Asthma foundation. I had great support from family and friends which helped make my journey a lot easier. I was absolutely shocked when I was announced the Tunarama Festival Queen, it was a huge honour. In 1994 I continued to work hard at my competitions in St John’s and was rewarded with representing South Australia. I was fortunate to win the Australian national title which was another huge honour as you don’t often get to represent your state.

In 1996 I married Jamie Letton and moved to the family farm at Cockaleechie. I thought the best way to meet people was to get involved in the community. I joined the Cummins Amblance crew and played netball for the Cummins Red, now Cummins Kapinnie. I was also involved in organising the kalamazoo, Cummins under canvas and Wildeloo festivals.

We had our first child Demi Letton in September 1997, she is now working in Port Lincoln for Pedemonte Jewellers. Our second child Lochie Letton was born in February 2000 and now works for Jedd Dunbar Electrical as an apprentice electrician. We are very proud of what our children have achieved. Our love to travel generally involves hitching up the camper and heading north to get away from the winter. During summer after harvest we head to Coffin Bay and spend a lot of time on the boat fishing, skiing and just having a great time with family and friends.

I lost my mum to bowel cancer in 2012 and this was a tough time for all of us as she was a massive support to our family. She is missed dearly but I know she would be so proud of what I and my family have achieved. I am now working at Cummins Bearings and Engineering with my mother in law Robyn who I have an awesome relationship with. I am also coaching gymnastics at our local gym club and also helping at the Cougars netball club where last year I received my life membership.

I recently started my own Arbonne business which I am slowly building. I love living in such a great community with awesome family and friends. I hope to travel more in the coming years and I believe you should always make the most of every opportunity as you never know what is around the corner.