Leeuwin adventure inspires uni student
SO inspired by her time aboard the STS Leeuwin first Uni Challenge voyage in November, a UWA student from South Perth now volunteers for the not-for-profit Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation.
Abby Telfer (24) was one of 40 uni students chosen from more than 200 applicants to sail aboard the traditional tall ship in a leadership challenge sponsored by the McCusker Charitable Foundation.
After spending an intense seven days learning to sail the traditional 1850’s style ship through all weather, Abby gained enhanced leadership, teamwork and communication skills and a thirst to return and give back the experience she had to others.
Ms Telfer said her first voyage was an incredible experience that taught her a lot about herself.
“I have learnt to lead others and about the ideal attributes that make an excellent leader,” she said.
“I never could have imagined myself climbing 33m up the main mast, taking control of a ship or giving orders to 50 other people.”
“This voyage has been extremely rewarding and has honestly changed my life.”
She has now spent a second 7-day voyage at sea, this time not as a trainee but as a volunteer trainee-watch leader with a group of 14- to 25-year-olds.
Abby Telfer at the top of the mast.