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Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching is excited to announce the launch of our annual Young Whale Warrior Competition!

In recognition of National Science Week Spirit of Gold Coast is calling all young eco-enthusiasts to take part in our third annual Young Whale Warrior Competition, where we will find, crown and reward the local youngster who best reflects the Spirit of a Whale Warrior.

This competition aims to encourage young Gold Coasters to turn their passion for the Gentle Giants of the sea into action. By raising awareness and sharing knowledge of the Humpback Whales and the unique marine environment that they call home, Spirit aims to inspire the next generation of Guardians of the Ocean.

In exciting news, this popular competition is now open to Primary School Students of all ages! Primary School Students from across the Gold Coast now have the opportunity to show their passion for protecting the marine life by entering Spirit of Gold Coast’s annual Young Whale Warrior Competition. Entering this competition is as simple as 1, 2 ,3…

  1. Students – create a video that best demonstrates your love and passion for the Gentle Giants of the sea. Get creative! Read a poem. Share a story. Explain how you have made a difference… Tell us why protecting Humpback Whales is important to you!
  2. Parents – send your budding Eco Warrior’s video to [email protected], along with the signed Entry Form.
  3. Wait patiently for the next Young Whale Warrior to be announced!

The winner will receive a family season pass for Spirit of Gold Coast, along with prize pack including a Young Whale Warrior T-shirt, hat and the ultimate day out on the Spirit boat with Spirit of Gold Coast’s Marine Biologist, Zara King.

Our very first Young Whale Warrior, Bobby Walls from Clover Hill State School, set the bar high with his winning entry. You can view his inspiring video below.

Being crowned Spirit’s very first Young Whale Warrior in 2017 opened up a world of new experiences for Bobby. The young and passionate Eco Warrior has shared many adventures with Spirit, and in his own words:Gold Coast Whale Warrior

“I’ve been so lucky and have been on board with Spirit Whale Watching countless times to be part of the Spirit team, helping with on board activities, photography, speaking to guests about whale facts and conservation, getting involved with Sea Shepherd beach clean ups and searching for their newest Young Whale Warrior to be selected for Spirit of Gold Coast.”

The 2018 Young Whale Warrior Competition saw not one, but TWO winners of the title – brother and sister duo, Max and Emma Rutherford.

2018 Young Whale Warriors

Max explains the impact that being a Young Whale Warrior has had on his life:

“Being a whale warrior meant so much to me. It inspired me to think more carefully about what we do in everyday life and the impact it has on animals I got to visit sea shepherd and do ocean clean ups with these lovely people as well. When you are a whale warrior the people that you meet and the friendships that you make last forever. We are so lucky to have these wonderful people that are so passionate about keeping our Earth clean and healthy.”

View Max’s video below to learn how YOU can take part in this competition and share in this incredible and life changing experience:

It’s time to show your Spirit and love for the Gentle Giants by taking part in this amazing adventure! Play your part in raising awareness for Humpback Whales and protecting their marine home. What are you waiting for?!

The Young Whale Warrior Competition commences Saturday 10th August, with all entries to be submitted by Monday 9th September.

Email your entries and any enquiries to: [email protected].

Good luck, Eco Warriors!

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