Laura achieves prestigious DofE award

Laura Fraser Smith from Saunton Sands Surf Life Saving Clubs has achieved her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. Laura has worked extremely hard completing a four day expedition in the Lake District as well as  a five day practical lab course at Liverpool Science Park for her residential. The overall award includes activities in five different disciplines: volunteering, physical, skills, expedition and residential. Laura has now been invited to St James Palace for recognition of this fantastic achievement.

Laura’s DofE Leader Joanna Dunbavin, a member at Saunton Sands Surf Life Saving Club said: “Laura has been fantastic to work with for both her Silver and Gold award. She is motivated and organised and has focussed on achieving the awards to help her personal development, improve her confidence and communication and help consolidate her CV. She has combined working on her DofE awards with achieving exceptional GCSE results and pursuing extensive activities including completing the Ten Tors 55 mile challenge and achieving her Grade 8 ballet exam. Laura will be extremely successful in life and is an excellent ambassador for both Surf Life Saving and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme”

When asked what the DofE Awards had inspired Laura to do she said “DofE has inspired me to do more volunteering. I found volunteering as a sports coach and as a founding member of a new charity to be a rewarding experience, seeing how I could help the members learn and have fun. I have continued to volunteer at my Surf Lifesaving club and at the charity I have helped set up”

Everyone at Surf Life Saving Great Britain would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Laura and all the Saunton Sands DofE team who have supported her on this fantastic achievement.

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