Year 12 student Sarah Wrigley recently completed a challenging journey of self-discovery, achieving the Gold level of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.
The Duke of Ed Award is a leading structured youth development program, empowering young Australians aged 14 to 25 to explore their full potential through adventure and service.
The Gold Award is the most challenging level and requires a minimum of 18 months participation with components including physical recreation, an adventurous journey and a residential project.
Sarah said she undertook the adventurous journey to improve her skills and knowledge of mountain biking.
“Mountain biking is something that I wouldn’t have explored without completing the Gold Duke of Ed, which has allowed my skills across different activities to be expanded and improved,” she said.
As part of the Award Sarah participated in a practice journey, followed by the official qualifying journey through tracks near Hidden Vale Adventure Park near Ipswich.
“During both journeys, I felt very safe and comfortable as a result of having such enjoyable and fun people on the trip,” Sarah said.
“Particularly during the qualifying journey, the wet weather attempted to be quite persistent in bringing down our plans, however, we managed to keep our spirits up.”
“I would like to thank Mr Nathan Goodall for organising and facilitating the trips as well as Ms Kerrie Johnstone who also attended.”