Golden girls are so determined

From left to right: Susie with Councillor Chris Dowling, chairman of East Sussex County Council and Peter Field, Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex with Natasha

From left to right: Susie with Councillor Chris Dowling, chairman of East Sussex County Council and Peter Field, Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex with Natasha

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TWO students from The St Leonards Academy have come top in their Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) programme.

Susie Faulkner and Natasha Gomes were commended for achieving the Gold Award in the scheme at a ceremony in Eastbourne recently.

The pair will travel to London later this year to receive their certificate from the DofE’s patron and founder, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at the celebration at St James Palace.

Gill Dearman, assistant principal at The St Leonards Academy, said: “The girls worked tirelessly through the five sections of their DofE programme over a number of years to achieve their Gold Awards.

“Their diverse activities included being members of a winning Young Enterprise team where they represented East Sussex at the finals, expeditions to Snowdonia and the Lake District, fencing, a tall ships voyage and supporting at a local youth club and camp.

“Susie will be using some of her skills when she climbs Kilimanjaro next month. “The fact that misfortune meant they had to make three attempts at their assessed expedition shows the absolute determination that these two have developed.

“Their leadership skills are such that Susie is now running her own DofE group, as well as continuing to support the bronze participants at the academy. It was a very proud night for everyone involved, particularly the family and friends who have supported the participants through their awards.”