Western sub­urbs stu­dents set the gold stan­dard

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

MORE than half of the young West Aus­tralians re­ceiv­ing the Gold Ed­in­burgh’s In­ter­na­tional Award are from the western sub­urbs.

Pres­by­te­rian Ladies’ Col­lege stu­dent Re­becca Hob­son chose to at­tempt the gold award af­ter com­plet­ing bonze and sil­ver.

“The award en­cour­aged me to ap­ply for the school trip to Tan­za­nia, which is a coun­try I pre­vi­ously knew noth­ing about,” Re­becca said. “By go­ing on the tour, I learnt about the peo­ple, their cul­ture and their way of life in Africa.

“I also have de­vel­oped a life­long ap­pre­ci­a­tion for dance and mu­sic.”

Hale School stu­dent Pa­trick East­wood said the gold award gave him the op­por­tu­nity to be recog­nised as a well-rounded per­son.

“Most awards recog­nise out­stand­ing achieve­ments in a par­tic­u­lar field,” Pa­trick said. “This Award recog­nises achieve­ments across a va­ri­ety of fields.

“I be­lieve it recog­nises a good all-rounded per­son that can hold his or her own in their cho­sen ac­tiv­ity.”

The 19 young peo­ple will re­ceive their Gold Ed­in­burgh Award at a cer­e­mony at Gov­ern­ment House on Oc­to­ber 21.

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