Geraldton youth take on the Leeuwin

On one of the Geraldton Leeuwin voyages for the year, three participants from Geraldton Flexible Learning Centre have taken on the Leeuwin challenge and sailed on a week-long voyage.

Madisen Turvey (14), Cree Thompson (15) and teacher Ryan Crothers boarded the STS Leeuwin II in Fremantle on 10 April and arrived into Geraldton Port on 16 April.

Each participant was funded through different avenues. Madisen through the City of Greater Geraldton, Cree chosen as a CBH Group scholarship recipient and Ryan funded through Geraldton Flexible Learning Centre Leadership.

Leeuwin aims to enrich the lives of young people through adventure, participation and challenge on board Western Australia’s very own tall ship.

As part of the voyage, all participants are involved as a participant in all aspects of on board activities including setting and furling the sails, taking the helm and climbing the masts.

“I learnt that I am a kind person who participated even when I didn’t want to and when I was sick. I am tougher and stronger than I thought I was. On this voyage, I had the confidence to sing in front of a group for the first time,” said Cree.

Teacher at Geraldton Flexible Learning Centre, Ryan Crothers, explains what he will take from the Leeuwin experience.

“I will take what I learnt on board and use it to help me motivate and support the amazing young people we (the Centre) work with,” said Ryan.

In a further show of support, the City of Greater Geraldton have confirmed funding for two berths on the last Youth Explorer voyage for the sailing year: 15 – 21 June, Geraldton to Fremantle.

Applicants will be selected from the Learning Centre students.

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure is an award winning provider of personal development and leadership programs that provide key life skills for young people aged 14-25 that they will take into their studies, careers and community.

Since 1986, the Leeuwin has provided exciting and life-changing programs to more than 40,000 young people across Australia.