Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Member for Oatley and Chair of the Chinese Ministerial Consultative Committee, Mark Coure MP meets with local Gold Award recipient of the Duke of Edinburgh awards.


The Minister for Sport and Recreation, Graham Annesley, congratulated over 100 young people awarded the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award for their achievements in community service, skill development, and physical activity.


The Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, presented the Gold Awards to the State's latest crop of graduates during a ceremony at Government House in Sydney.


Mr Joseph Tam an Oatley resident and former student of Scotts College was honoured for his hard work, determination and endurance with a Gold Award.


Mr Coure said, “It is always a great pleasure to reward young achievers in our community especially those who achieve through determination and drive as these are the qualities which will make great leaders in the future”



Mr Tam said, “He was grateful that Scotts College provided the opportunity to obtain the bronze award in year 9 when he first participated in the outdoor education program which ran for six months”


 “Striving for Gold brought back many memories of that experience” he said.


Mr Annesley said the Gold Award, which has been running in Australia for over 50 years, is the highest level of the internationally recognised personal development program for young people.


"Community organisations, in fields such as surf life saving, and sports coaching, have benefitted greatly from the volunteer service of these Gold Awardees," Mr Annesley said.


Each Gold Awardee also completed an adventure journey, including bush walking; hiking or even tackling the Kokoda Track in Mr Tam’s case it was Nelligen.


 “The Duke of Edinburgh Award is held in high esteem by employers and universities as an indication of their ability and potential, I warmly congratulate Mr Tam and all other recipients on their well-earned award" Mr Coure concluded.


The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in NSW is operated by the Sport and Recreation division of the Office of Communities.