Central Otago Champions

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Central Otago young people received the Duke Of Edinburgh’s Hillary Gold Award in Christchurch last week.

Charlotte Coupland, Isabella Fraser and Nicholas Toepfer of Wanaka and Tess Jackson of Cromwell were recipients of the award.

Tess said a sense of achievement was a personal highlight for her.

“I knew I would have never completed these challenges without the encouragement and motivation of the coordinators and my fellow participants.

“The camaraderie was second to none,” she said.

Isabella said she learned skills including orienteering and adventure racing, wjhich she could apply to other parts of her life.

“I also enjoyed the Residential Project as this was an opportunity I would’ve never experienced if I hadn’t done my Gold Award. The Service section helped me become a better person and it felt good to be giving. I learnt that it is not all about money and that praise, thanks and enjoyment as well as seeing change, makes the volunteering feel worthwhile.”