Merinda Cook, 17, of South Grafton High School has been awarded Young Endeavour Indigenous Scholarship. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN
Merinda Cook, 17, of South Grafton High School has been awarded Young Endeavour Indigenous Scholarship. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

Tall-ship adventure for young scholarship winner

TUCABIA teen Merinda Cook will be testing her limits, physically and mentally, when she boards the tall ship Young Endeavour on an 11-day journey from Devonport to Sydney in January.

Merinda, 17, was awarded the inaugural Young Endeavour Indigenous Scholarship from the Australian Business Apprenticeships Centre.

The sailing trip, along with a GoPro camera, is part of the prize package.

Merinda applied for the scholarship after seeing an ad in the newspaper but says she wasn't confident about winning after her phone interview.

"I was really nervous, now I'm excited; I don't know what to expect but I know it will be a really good experience."

As for sea-sickness, Merinda is not worried as she is already a bit of an "old salt".

She has completed her Deckhand Certification and has an open water scuba diving certificate.

It's a passion which began when she was 12 years old and her family spent several months sailing on a catamaran from Tin Can Bay to North Queensland.

"We visited some amazing places, there were turtles and reefs and we got to see some really interesting things," she said.

When she completes her HSC next year, she hopes to join the Australian Navy as an apprentice, and if not, find some other career that allows her to work with boats, ships and the water.

"I just love being around water."



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