Success Stories – Dukeofed

Success Stories

The success of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is evidenced by the success of our Award Holders

Just some of our successful Alumni members:

  • Michael Dillon AM, Gold Award Holder (the first in Australia!)
    Michael is one of Australia’s leading cinematographers and makers of adventure and expedition documentaries having won more awards in his field than any other individual worldwide.
  • Nathan Strempel , Gold Award Holder – Television Host & Motivational Speaker
  • David Speirs MP, Gold Award Holder 2008 – Member for Bright – South Australia
  • David Knox, Silver Award Holder – CEO of Santos Ltd
  • Will Hodgman, Silver Award Holder – Premier of Tasmania
  • Christie Cooper, Gold Award Holder – Channel 7 News Reporter

Some inspiring success stories!


katie hulmes) (2)Always see the opportunity!

“As a young girl I was always busy and often found it hard to say no to any opportunity that came my way. To see everything as an opportunity became my motto for the Duke of Edinburgh, in my career and personal life.” Read Katie’s story here

Katie Hulmes, Gold Award Holder 2007 – Environmental Engineer, Australian Mining Industry


david speirs

David Speirs

Gold Award Holder 2008
Deputy Mayor, City of Marion, South Australia
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia Board Director

Read David’s story here


ben laksAn Experience to Remember!

“Waking up at 6am is no easy task for anyone. It becomes even more difficult when you have to brace the cold and deliver newspapers through a city of tents. But being a delivery boy was only one aspect of my job. Read Ben’s story here

Ben Luks, Gold Award Holder 2004


victoria coxBeyond The Duke of Ed

One of the most important lessons I learnt from involvement in The Duke of Ed program over so many years was the importance of setting goals, maintaining involvement in projects over an extended period of time and always looking for further opportunities and education.” Read Victoria’s story here

Victoria Cox, Gold Award Holder 2009


goldRobert (‘Bob’) Prewett RFD – Gold Award Holder since 1964

“I completed my Silver and Gold Awards in the 1960s. I received my Gold Award in Victoria in 1964 which was presented to me by the Chief Scout of Victoria. I was registered as the 9th Gold Award Holder in Victoria. In those days we were lucky to have 4 people presented with a Gold Award Certificate in any year.  My final assessed expedition was a 6-day cross country hike through the Victorian High Plains.” Read Bobs story here


carolyn barryFrom Participant to Leader

I first learned about The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award when I first became a teacher. The school I taught at had a well-developed program and when I found out more about it, I was keen to get involved – especially with the expedition side of things, as the students at this school were encouraged to take part one of my favourite activities: bushwalking. Read Carolyn’s story here

Carolyn Barry, Gold Award Holder – Online Editor, Australian Geographic & AG Outdoor

tim braundDeveloping Resilience

“The Award provided a platform on which I have been able to build a solid foundation for life, by developing skills and achieving goals that I never would have thought possible.” Read Tim’s story here

Timothy Braund, Gold Award Holder & Advocate for Youth