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Student presented Duke of Edinburgh award

Page last published: 10 Nov 2011

Mitch Venn-Brown On Thursday 10 November 2011, first year Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce student Mitchell Venn-Brown received his Gold Duke of Edinburgh award from the Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO at Government House.

Mitch is in his first year at MQ studying a double degree in Arts/Commerce majoring in Japanese & Marketing.

He began the Duke of Ed in 2007 when he turned 14. He completed his Bronze Award in 2007, Silver Award in 2008/9 and his Gold Award in 2009/10.

There are three major areas of achievement to be completed in each level. Physical Recreation, Skill and Volunteering with an Adventure Journey of 1, 2 or 3 nights depending on which level you are participating in, and for the Gold Award you must complete an additional 5 day 4 night Residential Project.

Mitchell did soccer and swimming as his Physical Recreation. He did piano for his skill, where he worked through to grade 8. He did volunteer work at the Epping YMCA teaching young children to play basketball, and at the West Epping Uniting Church teaching Sunday school.

He planned and executed practice and qualifying walks of 2 days /1 night for his bronze, 3 days/2 nights for his Silver and 4 days/3 nights for his Gold Award. His destinations included parts of the Great North Walk, Colo River and the Blue Mountains.  For his Residential Project he was a leader for the Normanhurst Boys’ High School Year 7 - 5 day excursion to the Jenolan Caves, leading a group of nine year 7 boys and being responsible for their well being for the entire excursion.

Mitchell said: 'I found participating in the Duke of Ed meant I was always pushing myself to achieve higher goals in all the areas. I found the sense of achievement was extremely rewarding.'

The Award began in NSW in 1962 and is a program of Communities NSW - Sport and Recreation. Find out more about the Award.