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Equine student awarded top honour of Queen’s Scout Award

An equine student on a horse management course at Coleg Sir Gâr has been awarded the Queen’s Scout Award which is the highest scouting award for those under 25 years of age.

Kerry-Anne Knight, 22 from Llanfyrnach has taken part in a number of activities to achieve the award.

This is a significant achievement for any young scout but Kerry-Ann has also faced these challenges with a visual impairment.

The Queen’s Scout award is closely linked to the Duke of Edinburgh gold award and Kerry-Anne has taken part in a number of events and activities including being part of a leadership team in Duke of Edinburgh international camps, teaching disability awareness, volunteering as an assistant leader, raising awareness of blindness, homelessness, outdoor adventure sports and much more.

Tim Kidd, UK chief commissioner for UK Scouting said in an email to Kerry-Ann: “I just wanted to let you know how incredibly proud we all are of everything you’ve achieved.

“You’ve exceeded even your own high standards. Over the past few years you’ve shown that never give-up spirit, pushed the boundaries and been a shining light in your local community. You’ve developed into an amazing role model for other Scouts.”

Kerry-Anne Knight added: “I’ve gained a lot of confidence by being part of the scouts and it’s given me a chance to learn new skills.

“Being a scout has made me do things that are out of my comfort zone and I am so proud of myself for being a scout and achieving this award.

“To achieve the highest award in scouting for under 25 year-old is a massive achievement to have gained as a lot of work is involved in getting this award.

“This award will also complement my CV as it shows I am a team worker.

“I would recommend to anyone who has the opportunity to earn the Queen Scout Award to go for it.”