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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Muscular Dystrophy NSW is a licensed operator of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, an internationally recognised program inviting young people of all abilities and cultural backgrounds to dig deep and achieve!

Young people aged 14 to 24, regardless of their level of ability, participate in a non-competitive program of self-directed activities. MDNSW staff support the young person to undertake the program.

Participants can choose to do their Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, and each level requires that they complete an activity of their choice in four areas:

  • Skill
  • Physical Recreation
  • Service
  • Adventurous Journey

Our “Dukies” continue to inspire us with their amazing
adventures and remarkable achievements


Dukies participate on a regular basis over a set period of time for each section and take ownership of as much of the planning and decision making as possible.

Achieving an Award recognises individual goal setting and self-improvement through persistence and achievement. The Award can be used as motivation for Dukies to participate in activities they would have not otherwise considered.

The Adventurous Journey has seen some of our young people travel to New Zealand, on a cruise, national parks, a train journey to Melbourne and even as far as Denmark.

MDNSW works with participants to gain new skills and achieve some fantastic goals.

There are so many benefits, including bonus points for entry into some universities – and it looks fantastic on a CV! Where possible, MDNSW will help with expenses.


If you’d like more information, please email Mitch.Taylor@mdnsw.org.au or call him on 02 9888 5711 for a chat – it could be the first step in an extraordinary journey!


Check out videos of past Dukies below.