DCSIMG

Youngsters gain Duke of Edinburgh gold award

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award ceremony at Government House Onchan where 15 presentations were made

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award ceremony at Government House Onchan where 15 presentations were made

Youngsters received their gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards from Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood in a ceremony at Government House.

A record number of young people entered on to the scheme this year, with more than 400 taking up the challenge, 315 bronze, 80 silver and 40 gold.

Alison Gawne, awards co-ordinator with the Youth Service, said: ‘Gaining the gold award is a big achievement because it’s at least 12 to 18 months of their lives that they have committed to doing things.

‘They also set themselves quite high goals for what they want to learn or achieve.’

She said it was held in high regard by prospective employers, colleges and universities.

Receiving their gold award were: Nathan Allen, Louise Coase, Breeshey Cowin, Joshua Riordan, Juan Riordan, Kirree Swift, Rosie Walker, Jessica Ward (all of The Foundry); Bridget Bale, Colin Bankes-Jones, Ben Cotton, Thomas Doyle, Natalie Kneen, Erin McNulty, Moira Pain, Harry Snape, Katia Tastagh, Beth Vickers (Queen Elizabeth II High School); Duncan Churcher, Juan Churcher, Jessica Corner (Ramsey Grammar School); Rachel Pooley (Castle Rushen High School); Joseph Callister (independent).

Expeditions – at least four days – took place off-island including sea kayaking at the Isle of Skye and walking in the Lake District.

They volunteered in areas including as a hockey coach, primary school assistant and the Manx Museum library.

Skills gained included driving, lifesaving and speaking Manx while for the physical section activities included a range of sports. Youngsters also completed a five-day residential stay.

 

Comments

 
 

Back to the top of the page