Last month, three students from Eastern Goldfields College boarded the STS Leeuwin II for the adventure of a lifetime.

Blake Wyatt (16), Calen Tullock (16) and Mason Sambo (16) travelled to Fremantle and took to the seas on a week-long youth development voyage, funded through Anglo Gold Ashanti.

In an ongoing partnership with the Leeuwin Foundation, Anglo Gold Ashanti sponsors seven Kalgoorlie youth for full scholarships, including voyage fare, travel and merchandise costs.

Mason speaks honestly about his time onboard.

“The experiences I had during this week were so exciting and left me speechless,” he said.

Blake reflects on his time onboard Western Australia’s own tall ship.

“This was a very great experience. It was good at first, but slowly become great. This was also my first ever voyage on a boat or ship.”

“None of this wouldn’t have happened if [AngloGold Ashanti] didn’t sponsor me,” adds Calen.

The Leeuwin Foundation aim 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 Foundation are funded through a combination of grants, corporate sponsorships and donations by organisations and the general public.

Voyages 1711 and 1712 are next to set sail. Woodside Marine Career Scholarships are now available state-wide. Youth who have a marine or maritime interest (14-25) in your region are eligible for a scholarship worth $1,500, leaving a gap of $750.

The Foundation encourage any interested youth to fill in the form online (disregard the regions stated), and note they are a 1711 and 1712 applicant. Send this direct via email.

The 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.