Maritime trainee named the best of his peers

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A FORMER Warsash Maritime Academy student has won a trainee officer of the year award.

The honour, which came from the Coastguard Agency, was presented to David Barfoot, who passed out from the academy this year.

Mr Barfoot, 35, was given the award at a presentation in London by transport minister Robert Goodwill.

He said he was delighted with the award.

Mr Barfoot, above, said: ‘It’s a huge honour to receive such an accolade from such a renowned organisation.

‘It adds to the confidence I have gained since obtaining my engineering qualification and gives me the belief that upon embarking on this new career, if I work hard enough and do my best, I can achieve anything I set my mind too.’

David’s cadetship at Warsash was sponsored by Wilhelmsen Ship Management and managed by Clyde Marine Training.

Training officer Wayne Shettle said: ‘We recruited David at the start of his cadetship and it has been a pleasure seeing what he has achieved during the past three years.

‘We are delighted David has been honoured with this award and wish him every success with his future career.’

Since finishing his studies, David has joined the Royal Fleet Auxiliary as an engineering officer.

He said: ‘The maritime industry has a rich and inspiring history and unlike any other career, the scenery changes daily.’