Olivia tells Donna’s story

A story written by a young Tasmanian has been turned into an episode of one of the ABC’s most popular podcasts.

Olivia Lai’s story about Donna Adams, Tasmania’s highest-ranking female police officer, was featured on the ABC’s ‘Fierce Girls’ podcast.

‘Fierce Girls’ is a national writing competition coordinated by the ABC which sees children between eight and 16 writing about an Australian girl or woman they admire.

The five best stories are then chosen to be recorded as part of the podcast.

Twelve-year-old Olivia was one of the winners of this year’s competition for her story about Police Commissioner Adams, who was one of Tasmania’s first female police officers and had to fight for her place in the male-dominated workforce.

Tasmania now has one of the highest ratios of female police officers in Australia, partially thanks to her hard work.

“When she started she didn’t have a role model to look up to, but because of her hard work and determination she is now an inspiration to all female police officers,” Olivia said.

“The role that Donna has played in driving this change through her own actions is really special.”

Olivia recorded the podcast episode in the Hobart ABC studio, where her story about Donna came to life with the help of music and sound effects.

“What we didn’t realise at the time was that if she won, Olivia would get to narrate the podcast herself,” Olivia’s mother Alison said.

“She got to go into a studio, and she had the support of a local ABC radio producer and an interstate editor who spent a couple of hours with Olivia mentoring her through the process of recording the podcast. It was a priceless experience for Olivia.

“She’s an incredible young woman and although I’m biased, I would certainly say that she’s a future leader in whatever path she eventually chooses to follow.”

‘Fierce Girls’ features the likes of Amy Shark, Yael Stone, Dame Quentin Bryce, Claudia Karvan, Turia Pitt, Stephanie Gilmore and Leah Purcell telling the inspiring stories of some of Australia’s most extraordinary women including former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, tennis champ Ash Barty, comedian Celeste Barber and jockey Michelle Payne.

To hear Olivia’s episode and many more, go to abc.net.au/listen/programs

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