Scholarship winners grateful for memorable voyage experience

Back row, from left: Erinn Shaw, Christopher Brown, Marcia Cameron-Muir and Nicholas Bremner. Front row, from left: Kate Addison, Bethany Powley and Macy Hobson. Absent: Carlton Gardiner

Recipients of scholarships from the Shire of Dardanup for a Youth Explorer Voyage aboard the STS Leeuwin II have returned to address Council with tales of friendships forged, adventures remembered and valuable life skills gained.

Recipient Carlton Gardiner said of the experience: “Being given the wonderful opportunity to sail aboard the STS Leeuwin was, to me, a once in a lifetime experience.”

“It taught me amazing leadership skills, as well as how to work in a team environment.  Close friendships were made, and great laughs were had throughout the voyage.”

The eight scholarship winners were required to submit an application and undergo an interview process before receiving the opportunity.

Bethany Powley

The 2017 scholarship winners were:

  • Kate Addison
  • Nicholas Bremner
  • Christopher Brown
  • Marcia Cameron-Muir
  • Carlton Gardiner
  • Macy Hobson
  • Bethany Powley
  • Erinn Shaw

Each year the Shire offers a number of scholarships to a selection of its residents, aged 14 to 25, for a Youth Explorer Voyage organised by the Leeuwin Foundation.

This year the Shire of Dardanup provided funding for three scholarships but with an overwhelming response from sponsors, was also able to offer an additional five places aboard the 5-day voyage in January between Busselton and Fremantle.

Special thanks go to the following corporate sponsors of the scholarships:

  • Cristal Pigment Australia Pty Ltd
  • Lions Club of Dardanup
  • Lions Club of Eaton
  • Parkridge Pty Ltd

Recipients were involved in all aspects of ship operations including navigating the course, setting the sails and sharing in night watch duties.

The program is designed to help young people build life skills including self-confidence, teamwork, leadership and communication.

Carlton said he would be recommending that friends and family keep an eye out for the opportunity in the future.

Since his voyage experience, Carlton has been offered a position by The Leeuwin Foundation as a Trainee Watch Leader Volunteer.

“This enables me to sail on the Leeuwin and teach the people aboard the skills I have learnt,” he said.

“I gained this amazing opportunity by proving my leadership and communication skills whilst on board during our journey.”

Erinn Shaw has also taken up a position as a day sail volunteer having completed her induction.

Carlton Gardiner