Ben Ray was chosen by Ross On Wye Lions as their Young Ambassador this year and was also the winner of the District Finals. Now he has crowned that achievement by winning the ‘Shipshape’ award in the GB & Ireland finals held near Birmingham. This award is made by the Jubilee Sailing Trust who run the only tall ships in the world that enable people of all physical abilities to sail side-by-side as equals. He will have the opportunity to be part of the crew enjoying the thrill and adventure of life at sea, including manning the watch and taking the helm !
In this competition, Ben was up against representatives from Lions Clubs and Districts from all over the UK, 13 young people who exemplify all the good that teenagers can do for others in their local communities. The competition weekend itself is a lot of fun, with games, entertainment and a chance to make new friends. For those of us adults who attend it is also fun but often a humbling experience when we see how much these youngsters have crammed into their life so far. It gives much hope for the future!
Ben is a student at John Kyrle High School, the Chair of the Y-Team for Hope Support Services, a Scout, an actor, musician, poet, historian and very modest about all his successes. At the finals he impressed the judges with his contribution to Hope Support, his varied interests and activities and his presentation skills. His next challenge, to add to all this work, is to decide when and where he would like to go to have one of life’s great adventures.
All the Lions of Ross as well as the Lions of the UK wish Ben well and are proud to be able to celebrate with him. You will find out more about Ross Lions and their support of the youth of Ross on this website.