iDiversity Participant joins Leeuwin Ultimate Challenge

nathen_idiversity_low-resEarlier this month, Nathan Wasson (16) from the Kwinana Industries Council (KIC) iDiversity Project was chosen to join Leeuwin’s Ultimate Challenge voyage.

Each year, 24 trainees with a physical, emotional or intellectual limitation are chosen for the Ultimate Challenge along with the assistance of 16 Care Aids (18+) and Leeuwin crew.

Nathan struggles with literacy and numeracy at school and was encouraged to apply when the iDiversity group visited the Leeuwin Foundation in October.

During the five-day adventure all trainees experienced the thrill of tall ship sailing in a safe, fun and supportive environment. Individuals met new friends, learnt new skills and increased self-confidence on the unique and rewarding journey.

The Director of KIC, Chris Oughton explains the benefits of a Leeuwin voyage for their program.

“We believe the sailing scholarships we give to selected students on our iDIVERSITY project facilitate a whole new level of personal development for the recipients.  It is exhilarating to see the growth of the students, and we are happy to be a part of that process”’ says Chris.

The trainees onboard are encouraged to climb the 33m main mast, steer the helm, climb aloft, navigate the ship and take part in night watches.

“Whilst on the Ultimate Challenge two of my favourite things were climbing the main mast and making new friends,” says Nathan.

Nathan expressed his interest in returning to the Leeuwin as a volunteer to further develop his sailing knowledge.

In 2017, KIC will continue to support Leeuwin’s Ultimate Challenge voyage by putting forward a candidate from its iDiversity project to take part in this unique experience.

The purpose of this iDiversity’s project is to showcase to youth the career opportunities in industry and for them to gain an insight into what the industry does.

Nathan’s spot onboard the Challenge was funded through the Newman’s Own Foundation along with all 39 other berths.

In 2017, the Leeuwin Foundation have scheduled two Ultimate Challenge voyages – one set for March and one in November. Applications for March will open in the new year.

The Leeuwin Foundation is an award winning provider of personal development and leadership programs that provides 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.

The voyages aim to challenge and inspire young people to realise their personal potential and make a positive contribution to the wider community.