Silver and Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards 2012
Carmarthenshire's Duke of Edinburgh has always been popular and continues to go from strength to strength.
The award ceremony took place at Queen Elizabeth High School in Carmarthen on 07th February 2012. Young people and their parents were invited from across Carmarthenshire for the prestigious evening that would see the successful Duke of Edinburgh participants receive their awards.
This years’ silver and bronze award ceremony was particularly busy and well attended with approximately 579 young people in attendance: 447 receiving bronze awards, 86 receiving silver awards and 46 receiving gold awards.
Attendees were given a speech by guest speaker Tori James, a local woman from Pembrokeshire who was the first Welsh woman to ever climb Mount Everest. Tori completed her own Duke of Edinburgh award before embarking upon her own career, which took her from expeditions with the Royal Geographical Society through to team races to the Magnetic North Pole in -40oC conditions.
Stephanie Price, Director for the Duke of Edinburgh in Wales, said: “Each of these young people can hold their heads high in celebration of their achievement. All of them have the potential to accomplish extraordinary achievements.”
Carmarthenshire has the highest number of young people doing Duke of Edinburgh through the medium of Welsh in Wales.
In total, 1025 young people started the Duke of Edinburgh in Carmarthenshire in the 2010-2011 periods. This is up from 958 last year. 60 percent of all Duke of Edinburgh starters went on to complete their award in the 2010-2011 periods.
Groups from the following organisations, areas and schools received awards:
- Carmarthenshire Explorer Scouts
- Coleg Sir Gar
- Heol Goffa School, St John Lloyd School, Amman Valley School, Bro Myrddin School, Bryngwyn School, Coedcae School, Dyffryn Taf School, Emlyn Comprehensive School, Maes yr Yrfa School, Queen Elizabeth High School, Pantycelyn School, Strade School, Tre-Gib School
Approximately 275,000 young people are supported through Duke of Edinburgh each year in the UK