A DUKE of Edinburgh (DofE) award holder experienced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when she joined Rugby World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio for a canoeing lesson along London’s Regent’s Canal.
Susie Faulkner, 22, had the chance to practise her canoeing and rugby skills with the sporting legend and said it was one of her most memorable DofE experiences.
The DofE Award has teamed up with the Dallaglio Foundation for a new initiative called Powerful Together, allowing rugby clubs across the country to apply for funding to set themselves up as DofE Centres of Excellence from September.
Susie, faculty administrator for Sussex Coast College, said: “It was good fun and because Dallaglio is a well-known sports icon I think it’s great publicity for the award and it’s a really positive promotion for rugby.
“I have definitely gained independence from doing the award because it pushed me to try things for myself. I’ve been travelling around Africa and sailed a yacht to Amsterdam, so the award has definitely made me come out of my shell. I thought if I could give one person this opportunity then it was worth it which is why I decided to run my own DofE centre.”