Sail ad­ven­ture leaves last­ing im­pres­sion

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - David Charlesworth

Cal­lum and Cooper Robins, both 16, of Aus­tralind, Tara Boy­han, 17, of Benger, and Jade Smith, 16, of Har­vey, rem­i­nisce about their voy­ages aboard the STS Leeuwin II last year. Five stu­dents took their place on the ship through schol­ar­ships from the Har­vey Shire Coun­cil, with the 2018 round open­ing to­mor­row.

FIVE stu­dents from the Shire of Har­vey rem­i­nisced about their voy­ages last year aboard the STS Leeuwin II, mak­ing pre­sen­ta­tions to the coun­cil and com­mu­nity groups on Jan­uary 31.

Cal­lum and Cooper Robins, Tara Boy­han, Jade Smith and Bai­ley Tay­lor, aged 16 to 18, pre­sented to the Com­mu­nity Sail Train­ing Pro­gram com­mit­tee, which had pro­vided them schol­ar­ships for the ex­pe­ri­ence.

The com­mit­tee in­cluded coun­cil­lors, coun­cil staff and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Har­vey, Brunswick and Aus­tralind Lions clubs and Har­vey Ro­tary Club, with the com­mu­nity groups orig- in­ally in­ter­view­ing the ap­pli­cants for the schol­ar­ships. The stu­dents were on dif­fer­ent voy­ages through­out 2017 in week-long trips from Bun­bury to Fre­man­tle or a round-trip out of Fre­man­tle, tak­ing part in a range of du­ties run­ning the ship in­clud­ing set­ting the sails, night watches, haul­ing ropes and nav­i­gat­ing.

Cal­lum, Cooper and Tara all said they had been in­ter­ested in the voy­age orig­i­nally as an op­por­tu­nity to make new friends.

“I wanted to make new friends and I thought it would be good to test my abil­i­ties,” Tara said.

Jade said she had wanted to ex­pe­ri­ence new things, hav­ing never been on a boat be­fore and one of her last­ing mem­o­ries was her first sun­rise on the ship. The stu­dents pro­vided $400 to the to­tal cost of $2300, with the schol­ar­ship cov­er­ing the re­main­der.

Tara will be mak­ing the voy­age again in Fe­bru­ary but as a vol­un­teer this time, help­ing the ‘new­bies’ on their first trip.

“The teach­ers that taught me, I’m now one of them,” she said.

“I’m ac­tu­ally part of it, it’s ex­cit­ing.”

Schol­ar­ships for 2018 voy­ages will be ad­ver­tised from Fe­bru­ary 14 with ap­pli­ca­tions clos­ing on May 4.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact shire com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Stella John­son on 9729 0308 or email stel­laj@har­vey.wa.gov.au.

Pic­ture: David Charlesworth

Tara Boy­han, 16, of Benger, and Bai­ley Tay­lor, 18, of Har­vey, on board the STS Leeuwin II in De­cem­ber.

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