Governor crowns new Queen's Scout
KRISTY McAndrew officially became a Queen's Scout yesterday during a visit to the Tweed by the Governor of New South Wales, Professor Marie Bashir AC, CVO.
After three years of dedication and hard work, Miss McAndrew achieved the highest honour available for a Scout in Australia.
The 18-year-old had to be awarded 16 badges under four categories to become a Queen's Scout; the categories being leadership development, outdoor activities, personal growth and community involvement.
She was proud to be recognised yesterday at the special event.
“There has been a lot of hard work pushing my boundaries and completing challenges,” Miss McAndrew said.
The award is always presented to a Venturer Scout by a representative of the Queen, but due to other commitments, Miss McAndrew was not able to make the original presentation date in Sydney.
“I was racing at Speed on Tweed, so couldn't get down there,” she said.
“But Scouts Australia pulled some strings and managed to get the Governor of New South Wales up here, and it is a great honour.”
It would not have taken too much convincing to get Professor Bashir to the Tweed, as she admitted yesterday she loved the area.
“This area has always been a jewel for Australia,” Prof Bashir said.
Her Excellency opened the Tweed River Art Gallery back in 2004. She was welcomed to the gallery yesterday by Tweed Shire councillors, politicians and local government officials.
And Her Excellency requested school captains from around the Tweed also attend. She talked privately to them for a few minutes.
Courtney Tartan of Burringbar Public School said the Governor told the children they were the most important commodity Australia had. “It was good to hear that people think children are special,” Miss Tartan said.
Miss McAndrew used her passion for car racing to become a Queen's Scout.
She races a Datsun 1000 historic sports car and also has a job with Speed on Tweed.
Her parents Ken and Judith were extremely proud of their daughter yesterday.
They said Kristy has committed herself for three years to achieve the award and had pursued it despite numerous setbacks.
“She has put a lot of hard work into this and she has got a lot out of it,” Mr McAndrew said.
Professor Bashir was the first woman to be appointed Governor of NSW in March 2001.
She is a Professor of Psychiatry and has spent much of her life working with children's health services and Aboriginal health programs.
She was accompanied to the Tweed by her husband Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE, a Wallaby rugby union great and former Sydney Lord Mayor.