SEVENTEEN-year-old Charlotte Carpenter, from Burton on Trent, has been taking her Duke of Edinburgh awards and has completed bronze and silver and is just about to finish the gold category. She told Marina Scott all about her achievements, among her canine activities.
MS: How many dogs do you live with and what breeds?
CC: I currently have five dogs, four chocolate Labradors and one black Labrador.
MS: What ringcraft clubs do you attend?
CC: I attend Burton on Trent Kennel Association ringcraft, where I am a junior committee member, and occasionally attend another ringcraft club in my local area.
MS: What activities do you compete in?
CC: The activities that I compete in are breed showing and junior handling with my family friends, Matt and Sally Hunt’s, German Shorthaired Pointers. I have also done some gundog training with my Labrador. When I was younger I took part in heelwork to music competitions with a Border Collie.
MS: What subjects are you studying at school?
CC: I am currently studying a BTEC national diploma in sport and A level geography.
MS: What do you hope to do as a career?
CC: I hope to either be a PE teacher in a secondary school or a dog handler in the police force.
MS: How did you get involved in Duke of Edinburgh?
CC: I got involved in it through a friend, and we went along to a meeting and I thought it would be a good thing to do, as it will look great on my CV, however I didn’t realise that it would be so much fun!
MS: What level are you at now?
CC: I have finished and achieved my bronze and silver and have nearly finished gold, I have just got to get my physical and service sections signed off.
MS: What activities as a result of D of E have you been involved in?
CC: For the skill section of my bronze award I worked at a florist of which I have had a job in since, Which I have gained lots of floral knowledge, I also attended at johns ambulance and got a first aid certificate. For silver I helped at my local brownies, had sessions with a personal trainer and learnt the basics of handling and training dogs. For my gold I have furthered my knowledge of handling dogs which has allowed me to compete in competitions, and do successfully at shows. I do zumba as my physical and I assist my local D of E group in taking out their bronze groups and training them up, for my service. I have also learnt the basics of what happens in the police and the different roles, as part of gold is to do a residential and for this I did a police training course with Devon and Cornwall police. Also during my whole D of E awards, I have learnt the basics of map reading, camping and hiking.
MS: Is there anything else that you would like to add?
CC: Just that if any young handlers get the opportunity to do their Duke of Edinburgh, do it, as even though it is hard, it is good fun and looks great on university and job applications. I also would like to thank Matt and Sally Hunt for allowing me to show their dogs, and taking me to all the shows.