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Tungia te ururoa kia tupu whakaritorito te tupu o te harakeke

Set the overgrown bush on fire and the new flax shoots will sprout / eliminate the bad and the good will bloom

Spring has arrived with fresh flowers in bloom, and we are thrilled to celebrate our flourishing participants who will take home their gold medals in Christchurch on Saturday 15th October. The Gold Medal Ceremonies are occasions of immense pride and joy as we come together to mark and celebrate the achievements of young people who have undertaken such a significant effort to grow and take the first step towards their future. . We appreciate these inspiring rangatahi, and the Golden Ceremony is an opportunity to hear about their reward journeys and celebrate their accomplishments. Obtaining your Award – and in particular your Gold Award – is not an easy task. It requires commitment, tests your resilience, and challenges you to step out of your comfort zone. The Prize also provides opportunities for young people, empowering them to be their own agents of change, both for themselves and for their communities.

The award provides a program that empowers our youth to have lasting, life-changing results for themselves and the communities we share together. Those who reach the pinnacle of the prize – the Gold Award – have shown perseverance, determination, resilience, compassion and leadership. Participating builds character and offers a unique perspective and insight to those involved.

Last year’s award participants volunteered more than 55,000 hours, helping with environmental projects, serving the most vulnerable, building intergenerational connections, raising funds for nonprofits, leading front lines of youth advocacy roles and more. The participants we celebrate at the Christchurch event have trained and competed in rowing, tennis, bowling, cycling… They have followed their passions and developed their skills. These rangatahi ventured far and wide and explored our beautiful landscapes. They saw unforgettable sights and made lifelong friends. Throughout their journey, they have gained confidence, self-esteem, motivation and teamwork skills, preparing them for the world and their future.

We are sincerely proud to commemorate their mahi. The 65 gold winners celebrated at our upcoming ceremony in Christchurch on October 15 have shown tenacity and perseverance to secure their award. Gold winners have not only succeeded in taking the reins of their own lives, but also in becoming valued citizens of the world.

Each of our winners is exceptional, we highlight a few below.

Alijah Prakesh, one of our Gold winners at the October ceremony, is an inspirational athlete. For the past 14 months, Alijah has participated in the Special Olympics’ New Zealand (SONZ) sports competition. It ranged from one day events to the culminating 3 day west coast event. Each competition creates anxiety, stress and the challenge of meeting and competing against different people in each encounter. However, she rose to the challenge, and the resilience and strength she demonstrated are key markers of how far she has progressed in her journey of self-discovery.

Another member of the Gold Award class of 2022 will be Takuma Peters, the award leader and teacher at Waitaha School. The price leaders are the backbone of the price here in New Zealand. Without them, young people would not have the opportunity to participate in the Prize. The leader of the prize, Takuma Peters, has been integral to the success of its participants. Although it took ten years, Tak is an incredible example of perseverance and how others can inspire. Beginning his reward journey in high school, he had never completed his gold, but taking on the role of reward leader at Waitaha School, Tak was inspired by the same rangatahi he was inspired by. itself, to complete its own price. And just in time to receive her Gold Award alongside some of her students in October at our ceremony in Christchurch. His leadership skills have shone on his reward journey and beyond. “The award inspired me to always help others. That’s why I’m now an Award Leader inspiring the next group of rangatahi to win their awards.

Canterbury’s James and Breanna Sampson would knock your socks off with their collective achievements. Both Gold winners, they have completed hours of physical recreation, vocational training, volunteer service and adventurous travel. Not only has their commitment and passion to develop shown in their dedication to the prize course, they are New Zealand Youth Bowling Champions and regularly dominate the competition with their singles and pairs performances. As they progressed through sections and levels, both gained a lot. To continue to win bronze, silver and then gold medals requires extraordinary determination and tenacity. Breanna reports, “With each level, there was more to do, more challenges to overcome, more activities to try, more skills to learn, and more challenges to overcome. I wanted the program in my life to motivate me to do these things in my own life, so that I could build on these lessons and experiences in my future. After getting the gold, both feel honored to have completed the prize journey, proud of themselves for having achieved what they had hoped and wanted, and happy with how far they have come.

Winning the Hillary Gold Award from the Duke of Edinburgh is a milestone, and those who have stayed the course have become role models. William Galway is one of our Gold winners, and his success, enthusiasm for life itself and all of its possibilities is a life-changing achievement. Receiving his Gold Award at our ceremony in Christchurch later this year, Search the Way participant Will went to great lengths to secure his awards. William has received great support throughout his award journey from his whanau and Search the Way. His adventures have given him the confidence to discover who he is – a musician, a fit athlete, a willing volunteer. Above all, the award ignited his love for the outdoors, which led him to enroll to study outdoor education. Recognized at all stages of the Prize’s journey for his commitment and perseverance, he is highly respected and considered an essential part of his community. Many young people see him as a role model and also participate in the prize.

Will, Tak, Breanna and James, like all of our gold winners, have everything they need to succeed in their future. Our Gold winners have demonstrated a strong commitment to caring for the things, places and people around them.

Many talk about how the Prize has changed them; “The award challenged me and made me the person I am today.” And how “obtaining my Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award put me on the path to a rewarding future”.

Each year, more than one million young people take part in the Prize worldwide, supported by approximately 200,000 volunteers. In Aotearoa, there are over 8,000 registrations each year, with 20,000 young people engaged at any one time. The prize is open to all young people between the ages of 14 and 24, regardless of their background, culture, physical abilities, skills and interests. This is the world’s premier award for youth achievement. The award aims to facilitate and encourage young people to take on challenges that enhance life and community, that deepen and stretch them, transforming them into admirable, reliable and active citizens.

“Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts. –Dan Gable

Participant comments:

James Sampson, Joshua Foundation

The award had a positive impact on me by encouraging me to meet new people and learn new skills. Completing my voluntary service gave me a new respect for children who come from difficult backgrounds and who face obstacles and challenges on a daily basis. It made me grateful for the upbringing I had and how lucky I was to have a loving and supportive family. I really enjoyed tramping because I like to be active and outdoors. The bums helped me learn skills like map reading and gas stove use. They also helped to have a positive self-talk and in a group, everyone motivating each other to keep going and moving forward.

Kaitlyn Lamb, Adventurous Escape from John Paul College

The Prize introduced me to the world of volunteering! Four years later, I am still volunteering and even running my own environmental volunteer club! The adventurous trips have been amazing, it has given my confidence a boost and reconnected me to Papatuānuku and found my passion for caring for nature, especially growing food locally!

Maddison Frazer, Mount Aspiring College

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has been a journey where I stepped out of my comfort zone, challenged myself and was pushed to my limits. It was also a journey that took me on great adventures, opened my mind and changed my views. I discovered new things about myself and it gave me friendships for life. The places I have been and the people I have met during my participation in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award have opened up new opportunities and experiences that go far beyond the original scope of the Award – proving that It’s about dreaming big to discover your potential.

Gold Award Recipients

Saturday 10 a.m. Ceremony, Christchurch

We are delighted to celebrate students from the following schools:

Aquinas College

Auckland Challenge Home School Group

Cashmere High School

Christchurch Girls’ High School

College of Christ

Escape Adventure John Paul College

Feilding High School

Glendowie College

Havelock North High School

Hillcrest High School

Joshua Foundation

Joshua Youth

Mount Aspiring College

Otamatea High School

Otumoetai College

Outdoor Training New Zealand – BOP

Papanui High School

Queen Margaret College

Rolleston College

Find the path

St. Andrew’s College

Youth of St. John

Sainte-Marguerite College

Taradale High School

Verdon College

Villa Maria College

Virtual reward center

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