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Chloe Fauvette, a Silver Duke of Ed Awardee overcame her fear of heights and is now more confident than ever thanks to her Duke of Ed experience. Read Chloe’s story below.


DSC_0002 (2)The First Step

The main reason I wanted to do the Award was because my brother had done his Bronze Award and “he is good at everything he does” so I wanted to do one thing better. I also wanted a challenge and am not really good at sports, preferring arts and crafts. However, I wanted to improve my fitness level and do something that was outside my comfort zone.


A beat in my feet

I participated in Zumba for the physical recreation section and although it was difficult at first and I got out of breath very quickly, I stuck to it. With a fantastic instructor and great music overtime I came to enjoy the physical section and look forward to it.


Barely surviving Survivor CampIMG_7784

For my Adventurous Journey I went on a very challenging ‘Survivor Camp’. I was scared of heights and there were activities that involved climbing high up into the sky, such as the Flying Fox and the Giant Swing.  I was well and truly out of my comfort zone! During my trial journey, I was not able to go all the way to the top however, I overcame my fear and finally went all the way to the top with my whole team cheering me on – I was so proud of myself.

The ‘Survivor Camp’ was my favourite part of the Award. I was anxious at first about doing some activities, but I was able to overcome my fear of heights. Looking down while I was up high was frightening, but I persevered and succeeded.


“You can do anything if you set your mind to it”

While undertaking theIMG_0571 Duke of Ed, I met lots of people from various aspects of the Award and made some very good friends. I learnt that if I put my mind to it, I could do anything! I believe more in myself now and I am more confident.

The Adventurous Journey and Zumba proved to be a big challenge for me. I was always anxious and afraid at the beginning. However, I fought hard to stay motivated and not give up. I learnt to trust myself and my team members.

The results were amazing.

Not only did I learn valuable life skills, I became more responsible, independent and made wonderful lifelong friends. I feel so proud of myself and I was so happy to receive my Silver Award and pin. I have finally beaten my brother at something! I would definitely recommend the Duke of Ed to others.

Believe in yourself! You can do anything if you set your mind to it and work hard to achieve it.