A GOLD award for completing “the world’s leading achievement program for young people” has been presented to former Tranby College student Sally-Anne Will.
Sally-Anne was one of just 19 young West Australians to receive the Duke of Edinburgh International Award from WA Governor Kerry Sanderson after completing the program comprising four sections: service, skill, physical recreation and adventurous journey and a residential project.
She also completed the silver level of the award in 2013 before being eligible to apply for the gold level.
Sally-Anne volunteered as a science guide and tutor, was active in boxing and swimming, developed her pet care skills, undertook veterinary disaster relief in Thailand and went on an expedition to Sheffield, UK.
“I have learnt so much completing my gold award and become a much healthier, all-rounded individual,” she said.
“At the beginning I just hoped to gain something that would acknowledge my commitments and achievements that I have been working towards.
“But by the end of it, I had grown so much more as a person than I had expected.”
Sally-Anne (20) said she plans to volunteer for the RSPCA in an animal shelter to apply and further develop her skills.
She is currently studying chemical engineering at Curtin University and is looking at pursuing 3D medical printing technology.
“I want to be involved in the revolution of printing things with cells,” she said.
“Organs can be printed for patients using their own cells to eliminate all of the medical complications attached to receiving a donated organ.”
WA representative Greg Stagbouer said the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award was the world’s leading achievement award for young people.
“The gold awardees have all worked extremely hard,” he said.
“They have all also discovered ‘real world’ knowledge and learnt important life values along the way,” Mr Stagbouer said.
He said the awards had challenged and enriched the lives of thousands of young Western Australians aged 14 to 24 since being established in Western Australia in 1962.
“Participation is entirely voluntary and is structured so young people can design their own unique program centred around their interests and passions,” he said.
For further details about the 2017 Duke of Ed program, visit www.dukeofedwa.org.au.