Penguin inspires young leaders

Published on WO John O’Brien (author), Unknown (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Penguin, NSW

Topic(s): HMAS Penguin, Leadership

Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin, Commander Paul Gall, provides insight into the Navy’s latest ship acquisition to senior high school students, Doria Katos of Mosman High School and Olivia Stainer of Queenwood School for Girls.
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Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin, Commander Paul Gall, provides insight into the Navy’s latest ship acquisition to senior high school students, Doria Katos of Mosman High School and Olivia Stainer of Queenwood School for Girls.

Sydney base HMAS Penguin held its annual Youth Leadership Forum this week, during the nation’s ‘National Youth Week’ from 4-13 April.

The Commanding Officer of Penguin, Commander Paul Gall, provided two high school students from Mosman High and Queenwood School for Girls with insight into the Navy’s job, the work involved and life in the service.

Commander Gall said the Leadership Forum had been a community event at Penguin for several years now.

“It provides an opportunity for local senior high schools, both public and private along with their teacher to participate in a one day youth leadership forum, an important initiative which aims to foster and inspire leadership skills in young people.

“The forum typically includes a variety of exercises, indoor and outdoor activities, which reflect on the ethics and values of the Royal Australian Navy.

“Penguin provided a a variety of speakers from each of the base’s departments, a tour of the Middle Head Tunnels and group teamwork activity with Penguin’s Physical Training Instructors at the Balmoral Beach area.

“Navy personnel also discussed how leadership plays a major role in their own every day activities.

“The Leadership forum has the potential to positively influence the students in their decision making about a future career,” Commander Gall said.

National Youth Week is an Australian, state, territory and local government initiative and is the largest celebration of young people in Australia. Thousands of young people aged 12-25 from across Australia get involved each year through organising or attending special events, meeting people, raising awareness about the week, learning and getting inspired.