Gold Award Presentation at St James's Palace on Monday 10 February 2020

506 young people collected their Gold Award Certificates on Monday 10 February 2020 at St James’s Palace in the presence of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

Morning Presentation

Four presenters at GAP

Left to right: Laura Kennington, Rav Wilding, Mark Evans MBE, Karthi Gnanasegaram

Throne Room – South East
Presenter – Karthi Gnanasegaram, Television & Radio Presenter

“I think it’s so impressive in today’s day and age, with social media and instant gratification, that these young people have taken the time and commitment to achieve their Gold DofE Award.”

Entrée Room – South East
Presenter – Laura Kennington, Adventure Athlete

“In life I would encourage you to not necessarily choose the path where you know you can succeed, but to choose the one that will cause you to continue to grow. Dare to write your own story.”

Queen Anne Room – South East
Presenter – Rav Wilding, Television Presenter

“Completing a DofE Award myself taught me about friendship, helping others and the expedition is what led me to love the outdoors. I went into the military because of the DofE. Take the empathy that you’ve all demonstrated to complete your Award forward in the rest of your life.”

Picture Gallery – London
Presenter – Mark Evans MBE, Executive Director, Outwood Bound Oman

“Never ask for permission. Show people you can’t just do something, but that you can stick to it. Use your smart thinking  while others sit there and dry their socks.”


Afternoon Presentation

Four presenters at GAP

Left to right: Dame Katherine Grainger, Cally Beaton, Phoebe Smith, Justin Packshaw MBE DL

Throne Room – Northern Ireland
Presenter – Justin Packshaw MBE, DL, Chairman, Joro Experiences

“You have to go through life thinking differently, so be brave. Whatever you believe you can do, do it! It’s not about the path you take, what’s important is how you take it.”

Entrée Room – Wales
Presenter – Cally Beaton, Comedian and Executive Coach

“It’s a real privilege to present you with your Gold DofE Awards. Congratulations.”

Queen Anne Room – National
Presenter – Dame Katherine Grainger, Chair, UK Sport

“Just say yes to opportunities and try new things. I was once told this and it is what made me take up rowing… look where that has got me! Keep hold of your passions and beliefs and find something that you care about. You have all done something exceptional to be here – remember that.”

Picture Gallery – The Scout Association
Presenter – Phoebe Smith

“The DofE is relatable to anything and everything. The skills you’ve learnt have set you up for life.”

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