Gold Award Presentation at St James's Palace on Tuesday 1 October 2019

473 young people collected their Gold Award Certificates on Tuesday 1 October 2019 at St James’s Palace in the presence of HRH The Earl of Wessex.

Morning presentation

Throne Room – Central England
Presenter – Keri-anne Payne, Open Water Swimmer

“Life is going to throw you so many more adventures. You should be proud of an achievement that you have chosen to complete, showing everyone the at the young generation are unstoppable.”

Headshot of Keri-anne Payne at Gold Award Presentation


Entrée Room – Central England
Presenter – Jenny Tough, Adventurer Writer and Speaker

“You’re tougher than you think. When you put your mind to it and believe in yourself you can achieve.”

Headshot of Jenny Tough at Gold Award Presentation


Queen Anne Room – Central England
Presenter – George Bullard, Explorer, Endurance Athlete and Partner, IDO Adventures

“Remember that everybody’s Everest is different. Carpe Diem – make sure you grab every opportunity.”

Headshot of George Bullard at Gold Award Presentation


Picture Gallery – Central England
Presenter – Annabel Croft, Commentator and Former Tennis Player

Headshot of Annabel Croft at Gold Award Presentation


Afternoon presentation

Throne Room – South West
Presenter – Tom Avery, Polar Explorer, Mountaineer, Author and Motivational Speaker

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do, than what you did. So cast off the bowlines, set sail from the safe harbour and let the wind fill your sails – Mark Twain.”

Headshot of Tom Avery at Gold Award Presentation


Entrée Room – National Organisations
Presenter – Martin Freeman, Actor

“Congratulations on your fantastic achievement! Completing a Gold DofE Award is no easy feat, you should all feel incredibly proud of yourselves.”

Headshot of Martin Freeman at Gold Award Presentation


Queen Anne Room – South West
Presenter – Nicky Clarke OBE, Hairdresser and Entrepreneur

“The harder you try the more you’ll succeed, and if it’s fun you’ve reached your dream. Congratulations!”

Headshot of Nicky Clarke at Gold Award Presentation


Picture Gallery – South West
Presenter – Rich Whincup, Lecturer in Sport

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. Congratulations!”

Headshot of Rich Whincup at Gold Award Presentation

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