Leeuwin adventure in­spires uni stu­dent

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - South Perth -

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.

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