Ultimate Challenge: Ocean Reef resident preparing for voyage aboard Leeuwin II

The STS Leeuwin II at full sail.
The STS Leeuwin II at full sail.

OCEAN Reef’s Tina Wharram will join four other St John Ambulance WA representatives onboard the STS Leeuwin II for this year’s Ultimate Challenge for young people with limitations.

The Leeuwin Foundation will host 24 young people with physical, sensory or intellectual limitations and 16 care aids on the annual voyage running from November 14 to 18.

“I am filled with excitement for this five-day adventure at sea,” the 56-year-old transport officer said.

Mrs Wharram and her husband bought their first yacht nine years ago and they learnt to sail together.

They now own their third yacht and their love for sailing and the ocean has grown.

“I applied for this special voyage to assist young people that might not have ever experienced sailing before,” Mrs Wharram said.

“I believe everybody needs and deserves new experiences in their lives, to realise their potential and to grow in confidence.

“This voyage makes everyone aware that life is wonderful, we might not all be the same but with assistance, we can all strive and challenge ourselves to learn new skills.”

The ship’s season started in early October, with 22-year-old Marangaroo resident Olivia Ohnemus one of six Marine Career Scholarship winners part of the Bunbury voyage.

She applied for the weeklong youth development program because of her goal to join the water police and described it as, “the best thing I have ever done”.