Diver and conservationist visits Colyton

We welcomed Sophie Bray (Oc2013) back to school today. After a gap year in Australia she went to study....

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We welcomed Sophie Bray (Oc2013) back to school today. After a gap year in Australia she went to study Zoology at the University of Cardiff. There she enjoyed Uni life, joined the Army cadets were she learnt key teamwork skills, as well as dismantling a riffle! She then went onto organise a Netball tour with her Uni team. After completing her Zoology degree she carried on studying for a Masters in Genetics in Cardiff. 
Sophie explained to students she wanted to work in conservation, but it was tough to get a response or interview. Finaly she found an advert for a dive master and conservationist in Malaysia. Within 2 weeks of getting offered the job she packed up from Uni and flew 13 hours to the other side of the world! 
After 7 months, Sophie has taken dive trips at Rimba Resort, looked afte the turtle hatchery, participated in many beach and under water clean ups (removing old fishing nets tangled in coral). She enjoys meeting different people at the resort but importantly her Marine Conservation.
What an inspiring story, our year 8 and year 12 students really enjoyed hearing all about Sophies experience.