A lot of children grow up being afraid of going to the dentist, but Chloe Irwin wasn’t one of them.
She was fascinated with the process and dreams of becoming a dentist and working in rural and regional communities.
For now she is a dental assistant in Islington.
She got the job after she finished school at Maitland Christian School in 2017 and it has confirmed her passion for dentistry.
She has plans to start studying a Bachelor of Dental Science in the next few years.
It’s always been something that I’ve wanted to do – if I could do anything it’s always been that, and when I got my position as a dental assistant I thought it would be a good opportunity to see if it was something I really enjoyed, and it was,Ms Irwin said
“You don’t hear many people enjoying going to the dentist, I enjoy comforting people who are afraid of it.”
The 18-year-old, from Metford, was quick to put her entry into the 2019 Maitland Showgirl and Miss Maitland competition.
She wanted to enter the quest last year, but she wasn’t old enough.
“I found out this year’s competition was open when a family friend sent me a link so I thought I’d apply,” she said.
I’ve always lived in Maitland and it will be a good experience to talk about things in the community and meet more people.
“I’m super excited about meeting the other entrants.”
When she isn’t working she enjoys spending time with her two younger sisters and her younger brother.
She is also heavily involved in sport. Soccer is her favourite pursuit.
She plays for Maitland Football Club, known as the Magpies, and trains two to three nights per week.
Trials will soon start for this year’s team and she is excited about the season kicking off in April.
“I’ve been playing it for about 10 years,” she said.
I love the competitiveness of it and I play in all girls teams, so it’s nice to be with other girls who enjoy the same things that you do.
“Not every girl you talk to is into the same kind of things as you are, so it’s good when you find that common interest.
“I like that it’s close to home as well because I’m pretty busy with work.”
In the off season she plays touch football for Maitland Redbacks through Maitland Touch Football Association.
“I’ve been playing it on and off with some girls that I went to school with, it’s a really fun sport,” she said.