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Lucky pair to set sail for voyage of a lifetime

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
Grace Larham and Jacobus Le Grange are excited for their Leeuwin Voyage.
Camera IconGrace Larham and Jacobus Le Grange are excited for their Leeuwin Voyage. Credit: Picture: Laurie Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

For the first time in nearly 10 years, the STS Leeuwin II is returning to Albany this weekend.

The ship will arrive at the Albany port on Saturday before setting sail again next Thursday and two lucky local students will be on board.

The City of Albany generously provided part-sponsorship for the students, Grace Larham and Jacobus le Grange, to take part in the Leeuwin voyage.

The students will participate in a week-long experience provided by Leeuwin Ocean Adventure, an award-winning provider of youth development programs.

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During the week-long trip they will sharpen their work-ready skills and develop their communication, leadership and collaboration skills.

Jacobus said receiving the sponsorship was a real confidence boost, and that he was looking forward to meeting new people and making new friends onboard the Leeuwin.

“I’m in the Army Cadets and next year I want to do marine and maritime studies,” he said. “I think it’s important to develop my communication, teamwork and leadership skills for my current job and future career.”

“I am very thankful for this sponsorship — I think it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Grace is eager to get out of her comfort zone when she sets sail on the Leeuwin’s Southern Spirit Youth Explorer Voyage next week.

“I believe the Leeuwin will help me become a more courageous and confident leader — this experience will take me out of my comfort zone and push my limits so I can grow as an individual and help others around me,” she said.

Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said the City of Albany was proud to be providing development opportunities for the youth of Albany.

“The City of Albany is committed to creating a more friendly and welcoming community for our young people,” Mr Wellington said.

“We want to recognise and value the contribution they make to our community and partnering with Leeuwin is a way for us to do this.

“Congratulations to Grace and Jacobus and best of luck on your adventure.”

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