Kambalda kids conquer Leeuwin voyage

Kambalda locals Haylee Keast and Liam Blondel joined Youth Explorer Voyage 1913 in October.

Living in the Shire of Coolgardie, the two Year 10 School Captains drove 7 hours to join the voyage departing from Fremantle.

When reflecting on the voyage, both students said they learnt new skills and really pushed their personal limits. They also thanked the Shire of Coolgardie who part sponsored their places on the voyage.

Haylee (15) said she was grateful for the once in a lifetime opportunity to sail on Leeuwin.

“It was a real highlight to explore such a different environment to the bush. I loved pushing myself out of my comfort zone,” said Haylee.

“I am proud of myself for making to the top of the 33m main mast, as I am terrified of heights!”

Liam (15) said climbing the mast was a daunting experience, but the view from the top made it all worth it.

“It was such an amazing experience, it didn’t feel real. The highlight for me was the people I met, they made the journey so much better,” said Liam.

“I am so grateful to have had the chance to go on the Leeuwin and I would strongly recommend a Youth Explorer Voyage to all who are interested – it is an adventure of a lifetime!”

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Chief Executive Officer, Carol Shannon, said both Haylee and Liam were excellent sail trainees and have been invited back to Leeuwin to be part of the volunteer crew.

“These were really fine young people. Both Haylee and Liam were quick to learn new skills and really gave the voyage experience their all. Haylee’s maturity and willingness to ‘get in there’ and work hard were particularly noted by her team leader.”

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure is looking to welcome another Shire of Coolgardie community member on board a voyage thanks to the generosity of Independence Group (IGO). The $1,750 sponsorship is available to a young man or woman from Coolgardie for an upcoming 2020 voyage. For more information and to apply, email [email protected]