Photo comp: Thomas Cuthell, Australia
Thomas Cuthell
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Favourite memory of the Award:
During my Gold qualifying hike, my group had to take a detour due to a creek being too fast flowing and wide to cross, so we took a detour on an un-walked path up a spur. We encountered a tough obstacle where there was a couple metres of rock to climb and working together as a team, my group and I handed bags to each other and through teamwork we all managed to get to the top safely and efficiently.
Biggest challenge from doing the Award:
Throughout completing my DoE Award, the biggest challenge for me was doing my Gold Residential Project, because of the extra steps out of my comfort zone, letting me learn more about what I was interested in (Indigenous Immersion - learning about their culture), as well as developing my skills in speaking to and making new friends.
Have you continued any of your Award activities? If so, what:
I still continue to have music lessons - I learn French horn (which is my skill), I have also continued with school sport which I use as my activity. Although I don't still do my bushcare volunteering, I do cadets which could count towards my DoE Award as volunteering.
Tell us the story behind your photo:
My group and I woke up one morning to hike up to the peak of Mt Wondabyne (Australia). Upon arrival into the town of Brooklyn, a beautiful hazy sky mixed with the sunrise to form this picture, which I took up on the bridge between the road and the dam.
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