26/04/2018 12:30:00 p.m.
She’s just scooped this year’s Property Institute of NZ Student of the Year award, which recognises the top graduating student in Lincoln’s Bachelor of Land and Property Management.
“It’s an absolute honour – very exciting,” Anna said on receiving the award from PINZ Vice-President Luke Van Den Broek.
Property is in the blood for Anna, whose father – field hockey Olympian John Radovonich – completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Valuation and Property Management) at Lincoln in the 1980s.
He is now a shareholder and director of FordBaker, Christchurch’s largest privately-owned independent valuation and property advisory company.
Anna has followed in her father’s footsteps in more ways than one, attending Lincoln on a hockey scholarship from 2015-2017.
John Radovonich was captain of the New Zealand men’s hockey team and played for the Black Sticks at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
Long-time Lincoln land and property lecturers, John McDonagh and Cedric Croft, taught both father and daughter and said the two displayed similar enthusiasm for the discipline.
“Anna showed all-round excellence, which is the basis of the award, in that it’s given to someone who’s not just successful academically but across the board,” says Mr Croft. “She got here because of her dedication. She always gave it her best.”
Since completing her degree last year, Anna has been learning the trade at FordBaker.
“I’m picking up as much as I can about the profession before going overseas in June,” she said.
She’s headed for Europe and South America, where she hopes to hone her property industry skills on an international scale.