A KALLAROO teenager visited Buckingham Palace last month for the 60th anniversary celebrations of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.
Sophia Drazevic, 18, said it was “fantastic” to attend a breakfast and presentation at the palace in London on May 16, where she was one of 40 young people from around the world to receive gold awards.
She also shared her award experiences with the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, and Countess of Wessex, Sophie, who is global ambassador for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.
“It was wonderful to meet so many members of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award’s extraordinary global family and to discuss the timelessness of the award and hear about their amazing experiences as well as share about my own,” Miss Drazevic said.
The award is a structured youth development program, empowering people aged 14 to 25 to explore their full potential regardless of their location or circumstance.
Since the Duke launched the award in the UK in 1956, it has helped young people in 141 countries and territories gain experience through sport, learning new skills, giving back to their communities and going on adventurous journeys.
After graduating from St Mary’s Anglican Girls School in 2015, Miss Drazevic achieved her gold award within 18 months, having completed her bronze and silver awards.
She worked through five sections of the award program participating in activities such as golf coaching for skill, acting as her local church acolyte for service and aikido training for physical recreation.
Miss Drazevic undertook a sailing experience for her adventurous journey and attended youth parliament with the goal of writing a bill and having it passed as her residential project.
Her trip to the UK was funded by Christopher Moffet, who also attended the presentation at Buckingham Palace.
At the breakfast, Miss Drazevic met other gold award recipients from around the world, including Jasmine Monique Chircop from Malta and Wesley Gosali from Indonesia.