Why an epic adventure was plain sailing for Jack

17-year-old Jack is one our clients from Mount Gravatt and Robina. He may want to consider changing his surname to Sparrow following the nautical experience of a lifetime.

The young sailor was selected to be part of the prestigious Young Endeavour crew. The scheme invites young Australians to sail on the STS Young Endeavour, a tall ship gifted to the people of Australia by the United Kingdom as part of Bicentennial celebrations in 1988. Jack's selection gave him the chance to  navigate around some of the most beautiful parts of Australia with his fellow crewmates.

The challenges

His journey saw him sail through stunning but often challenging waters, including across the open ocean to Hervey Bay and then inside the Great Barrier reef, up to Gladstone. For one whole 24-hour period the Youth Crew had command of the entire ship.

But what makes this achievement even more remarkable is that Jack has had a profound hearing loss since birth and cochlear implants since the age of two.

Despite being one of the youngest of the crew, Jack was selected through the highly competitive process, possible because of his determined and positive attitude.

Solution, not a set back

Jack has always been known for getting the most out of life, despite his hearing challenges, and didn’t let his implants stand in his way of this once in a lifetime opportunity. Jack said of his experience:

“I made 27 friends along the trip and I will always remember them for being caring and generous to the team.  I really enjoyed this experience and will always remember how it changed me.”


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