Twenty-three students from Monaco who participated this summer in Outward Bound programmes in England and Wales were reunited for the Outward Bound Monaco annual awards ceremony at the Yacht Club de Monaco on December 7.

Outward Bound Monaco was delighted to welcome Lord Sebastian Coe, family, friends, patrons and members of the association to witness the proud students receiving their diplomas from the Patron of Outward Bound Monaco, HSH Prince Albert, who praised their courage and resourcefulness in the face of the challenges that an Outward Bound programme offers.

Sarah O’Connor, President of Outward Bound Monaco, said: “The aim of Outward Bound is to help young people believe they can achieve more than they thought possible. We are not talking about aspirations, but about belief in what you can do based on physical experience. Outward Bound takes young people out of their comfort zones and on adventures in wild places. It presents young people with challenges that help them to know themselves.

All smiles: HSH Prince Albert, Lord Coe, patrons, and organisers at the Awards Evening Ed Wright Images

“This evening has been a celebration of Outward Bound and the positive impact its courses can have on the lives of young people. I would like to thank all our supporters and helpers who have made this possible, and also our Patron HSH Prince Albert of Monaco for once again taking the time to meet the students and present their certificates and also Lord Sebastian Coe for joining us and supporting Outward Bound.”

The evening was full of pride for the students, aged 10 to 17 years old, who gave time, energy and passion this summer to do something that tested their limits but also rewarded them with a sense of achievement at overcoming new challenges as well as having great fun!

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