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Honing your skills at TAFE is a great way to fast-track your
own career success
For most of us mere mortals it usually takes years and years to
achieve even modest goals. But some people manage to hit the big time
at a remarkably young age. Call it talent, call it timing, call it
luck, or a combination of many different factors.
To mark National Youth
Week 2016, we've rounded up an assortment of well-known and
well-loved Aussies from a wide range of fields. Whether they're
sportspeople, writers, singers, comedians or actors, these 10
Australian men and women have one thing in common - they all made
their big breakthrough at a remarkably young age.
As a third generation Chinese Australian, Kylie Kwong learned about
Cantonese cooking from her mother and went on to open her first
restaurant, Billy Kwong in Sydney, while still in her 20s. She is now
a well-respected chef, television presenter and author.
One of Australia's most successful country crooners, Urban achieved
national and international fame at the tender age of 23 when he
released his debut album in 1991 titled simply Keith Urban.
"Mr Kidman" hasn't looked back since.
One of our most versatile actors, Collette was nominated for a Golden
Globe award for Best Actress in 1994 for her iconic breakthrough role,
the frumpy Muriel Heslop in Muriel's Wedding. She was just 22
at the time.
Our original Hollywood movie star, Tasmanian-born Flynn became known
for his romantic swashbuckling roles. He scored his first big role on
the silver screen in 1934 in the film Captain Blood, when he
was 24 years old.
Australia's fastest woman, Freeman is best remembered for winning
gold in the women's 400m at the Sydney Olympics and for lighting the
flame. She was a Commonwealth Games gold medalist in 1990 at the
tender age of 16.
David Gordon Kirkpatrick was Australia's most iconic
singer-songwriter. In 1945 he wrote ‘When the rain tumbles down in
July' and released his first record at the age of 19, signing his
first contract with Columbia a year later.
Comedian/actress Szubanski is best known for her portrayal of bogan
Sharon Strzelecki in TV's Kath and Kim. She made her first
breakthrough as a 24-year-old when ABC producers snapped her up
for The D-Generation.
The legendary Australian cricketer's name is still invoked with
reverential awe. He was just 12 years old when he hit his first
century and 18 when he was headhunted by the New South Wales Cricket Association.
The "Princess of Pop" won an unprecedented four Logie
awards in 1987 when she was just 19, cementing the public's idolatry
of her. She recorded her cover of ‘The Loco-Motion' the following year.
Winton's first novel An Open Swimmer was published in 1981
when he was 21, and won The Australian/Vogel Literary Award. His
writing career has been on an upward trajectory ever since.