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Sophie Lockhart

Sophie Lockhart has recently been awarded the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.

To achieve Gold you have to undertake :

  • a 4 day expedition unsupported in which you wild camp, plan your own route, carry all your food, shelter, cooking equipment and clothing.
  • a skill which you are to pursue and progress it in a noticeable way over the course of 12 months.
  • a sport which you are to pursue and progress it in a noticeable way over the course of 12 months.
  • a residential trip – which can be 4 – 7 days long which has to be with people you do not know and/or have never met before. This can be a holiday/volunteering project.

Sophie’s expedition took place in Snowdonia and consisted of a 45/50 mile walk up in the Welsh mountains.  She then continued to develop her singing skills, and consequently achieved a Grade 8 standard with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.  Sophie chose netball for her sporting activity, and then joined the A team at Northamptonshire Grammar School, and has more recently played for the Harborough Harriers and the Banbury Blues.

DoE Gold Award Brooch

For Sophie’s residential element, she volunteered with the National Trust at Waddestone Manor working in and planting up the display gardens. Finally, for her volunteering, Sophie chose to volunteer with the 1st Holcot Brownies, and took up the position of the Tawney Owl Brownie Leader over the course of 2 years.

When asked about the award Sophie said: “My family has always enjoyed walking, and my mother has a Gold Award too. My school first trialled the Duke of Edinburgh programme when I was there and so I signed up with a group of friends thinking it would be a great achievement. I am extremely proud to have finally completed and been approved for my Gold Award as it is by no means an easy feat. The expedition was one of the toughest challenges I have ever faced and the friends I have made and things I have learned through my volunteering, sport and skill are something that will stay with me for a lifetime”.

Upon completion of the award Sophie was presented with a brooch, and will receive a certificate at an awards ceremony held at St James Palace later this year.

Congratulations Sophie!

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