A YOUNG woman from Shipston is all set for Sandhurst.

Eighteen-year-old Kate Jacka, currently studying maths at Bath University, will be fulfilling her lifelong ambition of a career in the British Army now she has won a coveted place at the Royal Military Academy.

The former Stratford Grammar School girl will start her officer training in September 2013 at the prestigious academy, possibly with the help of an Army bursary.

Kate said: “I was absolutely delighted to find out that I had been awarded a place at Sandhurst. As soon as I joined the Air Cadets as a teenager I loved everything about the Army – the lifestyle, the people and the opportunity to push yourself to your limits. I knew it was the career for me.”

Ever since joining the Air Cadets when she was 13, Kate has had a passion for flying. Following an interview with Army careers adviser Colonel John Moody, she decided to apply for a place at Sandhurst and successfully completed the application process, during which her military skills, expertise and general fitness levels were put to the test.

She said: “Right now, I’m focused on maintaining my fitness levels. I play for the university hockey and netball teams and am keen to try women’s rugby too.”

Since starting university, she has signed up to the University Officer Training Corps which gives students the opportunity to take part in military exercises, adventure training, community projects and expeditions and helps to develop their Army leadership potential.