Bedfordale twins get taste of life at sea aboard Leeuwin II


Harrison and Zachary Wing onboard the STS Leeuwin II.
Harrison and Zachary Wing onboard the STS Leeuwin II.

BEDFORDALE twins Zachary and Harrison Wing got a taste of life at sea after spending a week aboard the STS Leeuwin II sailing ship.

The brothers joined six other high school students as part of a scholarship provided by the Sir Frank Ledge Trust, in partnership with the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation.

The students had to take part in a range of seamanship activities, including climbing the rigging, setting sails, cleaning and steering the ship, and learning how to work as a team.

Zachary (14) said he learnt how to bond with other sailors.

“I made a personal friendship with everyone on the ship,” he said.

Another crewmember, Hannah Dooling (15), said she would never have had an amazing experience or been able to join the voyage if it was not for the scholarship.

“Working with others is a major activity in life that on a daily basis most people will have to do,” she said.

“The Leeuwin supports this life lesson and has enhanced my team cooperation skills.”

Leeuwin Foundation chief executive officer Anne-Marie Archer said the Sir Frank Ledge Trust had made it possible for young people to experience a life-changing voyage.

“Youth return from their amazing week at sea having developed key life skills that they will take with them into their future studies and careers,” Ms Archer said.

The Leeuwin Foundation is an award-winning provider of personal development and leadership programs that provides key life skills for young people aged 14-25.

Since 1986, the Leeuwin has provided exciting and life-changing programs to more than 40,000 young people across Australia.

The voyages aim to challenge and inspire young people to realise their personal potential and make a positive contribution to the wider community.