Leeuwin Ultimate Challenge to give 24 youngsters adventure on the high seas


Participants before setting sail on the 2016 Leeuwin Ultimate Challenge.
Participants before setting sail on the 2016 Leeuwin Ultimate Challenge.

MORE than 20 young people living with physical, sensory or intellectual disabilities stepped off Victoria Quay and on to the STS Leeuwin for an adventure to remember.

This year’s 24 Leeuwin Ultimate Challenge participants were joined by 16 care aids for the voyage specifically catering for those with limitations.

Leeuwin chief executive Carol Shannon said they had been inundated with requests from all over Australia to join the voyage.

“Successful applicants arrived from Victoria in the east, to South Hedland and Karratha in the north and Donnybrook and Bridgetown in the south to depart from Fremantle on this rewarding five-day adventure,” she said.

“All participants had the opportunity to experience the thrill of tall ship sailing in a safe, fun and supportive environment.

“Individuals met new friends, learnt new skills and increase self-confidence.”

All took part with the help of scholarships valued at $1350, which were donated by the Newman’s Own Foundation.

Ms Shannon said the organisation was planning two Ultimate Challenges in 2017, one in March and the other in November.

Visit www.sailleeuwin.com for more information.