Liam deLury-Gorrie

Outdoor Education Student 2018

Programme attended: Outdoor and Adventure Education (Level 4)

Scholarship winner embarks upon dream career

A career in outdoor adventuring is closer to becoming a reality for one Hokitika teenager thanks to the award of recent scholarship.

John Paul II High School student Liam deLury-Gorrie says he couldn’t stop smiling when told he’d won the Tai Poutini Polytechnic Scholarship at the West Coast Trades Academy. 

Liam has attended the West Coast Trades Academy during his final high school year, taking up the opportunity to do week-long blocks in activities such as rock climbing, mountaineering, tramping, and sea kayaking.

“I’ve always been into the outdoors from a young age, doing a lot of the Great Walks with my family and enjoying the West Coast lifestyle. I started doing the Outdoor Education Trade Academy blocks this year, and realised how cool it would be to become a guide.”

Liam says that winning the scholarship has turned his dreams into reality, enabling him to progress his study from high school to Tai Poutini Polytechnic.

“Next year I’m going to use the scholarship at TPP to do the Certificate in Outdoor Education, and then I’ll do my Diploma in Guiding, and maybe a ski patrol qualification as well.

“I’d love to go to Canada and get some experience rock climbing and mountain biking over there, and I can see how I could travel the world with the experience I’ll get from my studies,” he says.

Asked how he feels about spending a lifetime rafting, climbing and guiding in the outdoors, Liam smiles again.  

“People love to do things like rafting and jetboating as a holiday, often once in a lifetime experience.  By getting my Outdoor Education qualifications, I can build a livelihood around this.  You can’t beat that.”