Teens return from life-changing ocean adventure

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Dardanup Shire Councillors were recently regaled by tales of life on the high seas from the six young recipients of 2018 Shire of Dardanup Youth Explorer Voyage scholarships.

Thanks to the scholarships, the group were able to participate in a 6-day voyage during January between Bunbury and Fremantle operated by the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation and aboard the STS Leeuwin II, a full working ship.

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

To receive the scholarship, applicants were required to undergo an interview with a selection panel of two Dardanup Shire Councillors and Culture & Community Services Officer Melanie Serra.

Of her experience, Ruby Gregg from Burekup told Councillors: “Having been on the Leeuwin I’ve learnt to push myself and improved my listening and leadership skills.”

“These skills will really help me over the next two years as I complete high school.”

Samuel Fox Slater from Dardanup said: “I learnt so much about myself and I would definitely recommend this opportunity to others”.

Congratulations to all the winners and voyage participants. They were:

  • Ruby Gregg – Burekup
  • Kyarnee Rodda – Burekup
  • Cole Sawyer – Dardanup
  • Dylan Snibson – Dardanup
  • Samuel Fox-Slater – Dardanup
  • Whitlam Tyrrell – Eaton

The Shire of Dardanup would like to thank scholarship sponsors:

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.

The Shire of Dardanup would like to thank scholarship sponsors:

  • Cristal
  • Doral
  • Lions Club of Eaton
  • Lions Club of Dardanup