City of Fremantle sends students aboard

This December, two Fremantle students will test their limits and develop their communication, leadership and collaboration skills on board a week long voyage on the STS Leeuwin II.

The City of Fremantle has generously provided full sponsorship for two young people to take part in the Leeuwin Youth Explorer Voyage program. Successful applicants Joel Koios (15) and Noah Ramsay (16) will set sail from Fremantle on December 16, and return just before Christmas on December 22.

Seton Catholic College student Joel said he is looking forward to meeting new people and building his confidence on his at sea adventure.

“I have a very ocean oriented family – my Nonno was a fisherman and four of my close family members have sailed the Leeuwin, and I too would love to gain an appreciation and connection to the ocean. One thing I would love to gain out of the experience is the chance to be a part of the Leeuwin family and come back in the future as a volunteer,” Joel said.

“I am always actively looking for experiences to build on my skills and strengths, to keep life interesting and work towards my goal of having the power to make a positive difference in the world.”

Noah is a Year 10 student at Christian Brothers College Fremantle and is eager to join his first voyage.

“I can’t wait to participate in this epic adventure and learn more about the ocean and sailing. I really want to enhance my skills, test myself, and see what I am capable of,” Noah said.

“I would like to be a Student Councillor again at school next year, and I think this challenge will help me develop my leadership skills and achieve that goal.”

City of Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt said the City of Fremantle was proud to be providing development opportunities for the youth of Fremantle.

“As a port city Fremantle has a proud maritime tradition, so it’s a perfect fit for the City to help young people experience what it’s like to sail a magnificent tall ship like the Leeuwin,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“I’m sure Joel and Noah will find their voyage on the Leeuwin challenging, exhilarating and scary – all at the same time.

“But the friendships they make, the lessons they learn about working as a team and the confidence they get from the experience will stay with them for life, and set them up to become Fremantle’s future leaders.”