Polar explorer presents Duke of Edinburgh youth awards in Yeovil

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By abbie_yeovil | Wednesday, March 06, 2013, 11:17

A polar explorer presented Duke of Edinburgh Awards to young people in Yeovil's Octagon Theatre last week.

135 young people, aged between 14 and 24 received awards, after spending their time volunteering, learning new skills and undertaking a physical activity, as well as training and planning for practice and qualifying expeditions.

In total, the hard-working youths undertook a staggering 3,652 hours of volunteering between them.

Felicity Aston was the guest of honour at the awards, as the first person to transverse Antarctica alone in 2012.

Other achievements under Felicity's belt include having previously lead a Commonwealth Team of eight women to the South Pole in 2009.

At the awards, she explained that her thirst for adventure started with her own Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

"It can change the direction that a young person might take in their life and set them on an entirely unexpected course," she said.

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