Leeuwin cadet awarded Young Sail Trainer of the Year

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure volunteer Cody McDermott (24) was recognised on a global stage last week as the Young Sail Trainer of the Year (Volunteer) at the Sail Training International Conference.

The conference held in Antwerp, Belgium from 5-7 December brings together sail training organisations from around the world. Sail training is an adventure that involves emotional, physical and social challenges and contributes to an individual’s personal and social development. Studies have found that young people who have taken part in sail training show increased social interaction and an improved ability to communicate with others among other educational and skill-based benefits.

The Young Sail Trainer of the Year (Volunteer) is awarded to a high-performing individual who delivers sail training to young people in a volunteer capacity.

Cody’s first experience of sail training was when he sailed on STS Leeuwin II in 2017. Shortly after his first voyage, Cody became a passionate and active volunteer within the organisation. In 2018, Cody was awarded a Woodside-Leeuwin Maritime Cadetship – a highly sought after sponsorship for young people seeking a career in the maritime industry.

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Chief Executive Officer, Carol Shannon, accepted the award on Cody’s behalf in Belgium.

“I am incredibly proud that one of our own has been recognised on an international stage. Cody is a skilled, patient and enthusiastic Leeuwin volunteer who is always willing to take the time to teach others around him.”

“On behalf of Leeuwin Ocean Adventure, I would like to congratulate Cody on this fantastic award win and wish him all the best as he launches into his marine career.”

Always eager to tackle the next sailing challenge, Cody is currently on board HMB Endeavour sailing from Wellington to Sydney.

Cody McDermott was awarded Young Sail Trainer of the Year (Volunteer) at the Sail Training International Conference in Belgium.