Leeuwin Ocean Adventure applications open

The Leeuwin Voyage is returning and applications are now open for Esperance youths.

CBH Group is offering one Esperance local the chance to receive a scholarship to board the ship, which returns to Albany in 2019.

CBH Group have sponsored six students a year since 2016 to board the vessel, with one place reserved for Esperance. 

Applications for the CBH Group scholarship will open later in 2018.

In January 2018, Esperance Senior High School student Paige Scolaro won the CBH scholarship to travel on the week long voyage.

Paige said the voyage was challenging but rewarding.

“This voyage has done a lot for me, trying new things, working with others and ultimately making me a better person,” Paige said.

“The best part was looking at the stars, the food and of course the feeling of getting to the top of the main mast.

“There were lots of challenging parts like trying to stay awake during night watch and hand over day which I really enjoyed.”

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure chief executive officer Carol Shannon said the voyage helped young people mature and developed skills used in adulthood.

“The award-winning Leeuwin youth development program assists young people in skills in communication, teamwork and leadership, helping to further their opportunities when entering the workforce and striving for higher goals in the future,” Ms Shannon said.

“The Leeuwin aims to enrich the lives of young people through adventure, participation and challenge onboard Western Australia’s very own tall ship, the STS Leeuwin II.”

The Leeuwin was designed in the 1850s and built in WA in 1986

Since then, more than 40 000 young people have boarded the ship.

The week-long adventures are available to people from 14 to 25.

For more information visit the Leeuwin Ocean Adventures website