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Early last month, two young people from the Westside Open Group and Sir E Scott Open Group attended a presentation in the gardens of Holyrood Palace, in Edinburgh, where they received their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Alice Murray, DofE Operations Manager at Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar, attended the presentation to see the group receive their Gold Awards, and commented: ‘It was a lovely day to see both Tanya Mackay and Angus Campbell receive their Gold Awards after all their hard work, dedication and commitment in completing their Awards.
‘They have gained invaluable life skills along the way. We wish them every success as they go onto further studies and future employment.’
Speaking about her DofE experience, Tanya, who was one of the Gold Award holders at the presentation, said: ‘The Duke of Edinburgh experience has impacted me in numerous ways.
‘As part of expeditions, the walks through Isle of Lewis and Harris hills have not only helped me develop skills in areas such as map and compass reading, but also helped me gain self-confidence and life-style skills.
‘The thing I enjoyed the most about the overall experience was being able to try out new activities such as Muay Thai and rugby, which I thoroughly enjoyed participating in.
‘As part of one of my volunteering I helped out at my local football development club where I coached young children from various age groups.
‘Through doing this I also gained my Level 1 coaching certificate, which I hope to progress in the future.
‘By gaining my Gold Duke of Edinburgh award I believe that it will contribute in many areas in the future such as employment.
‘It has brought many different challenges, however the overall experience has been very rewarding.’
Speaking about his DofE experience, Angus, who was one of the Gold Award holders at the presentation, said: ‘I thoroughly enjoyed my DofE experience. I enjoyed all the opportunities and activities that I was able to take part in due to DofE.
‘It’s a very rewarding experience as it’s a very desirable thing to have on your CV and I like to think my experience helped me get a new job with Caledonian MacBrayne because of the skills and qualities I’ve gained from it.’