A GUIDE has been recognised for her ‘great courage’ and ‘fortitude’.
Sarah Corsini, a member of the Selsey Guides, has been awarded the Star of Merit by Girlguiding UK.
“Born with mobility issues, Sarah has had to endure many complicated and painful operations, physiotherapy and hospital visits, but never complains and always has a smile on her face,” said Debbie Phillips, from Girlguiding West Sussex.
“Sarah was put forward for this award for being determined to not let her mobility issues stop her doing anything, and for attempting activities that other fully-mobile people would often think twice about.
“She has inspired many of her contemporaries as well as leaders to re-think their attitudes towards life.”
Speaking about her time with the Guides, Sarah said: “One of my favourite activities at Guides is cooking outdoors on wood fires.
“On one occasion, while recovering from an operation and using my wheelchair, I insisted on helping to collect wood by putting the wood on a cloth on my knees and then successfully roasted my marshmallow using a long stick.”
This determination has also seen Sarah holidaying with Brownies, rock-climbing, taking part in sponsored swims and attending International Scout and Guide camp for a week.
Following the camp, she was keen to have one of the US-linked Guides to stay and has continued a strong friendship with her and the rest of the troop in America.
The troop is planning to join Selsey Guides again this summer.
Debbie said Sarah was eagerly awaiting the visit, adding everyone at Selsey Guides was ‘so proud and thrilled’ she had received the star – one of Girlguiding UK’s most prestigious awards.
Sarah was presented with the award by Girlguiding Chichester division commissioner Carol Pateman. She is continuing with her role as a young leader at Selsey.
She is also working towards her ambition to be a veterinary nurse by studying an animal-care course.
Sarah does, however, have another passion: dancing.
This saw her taking a ‘very active role’ in The Rock Challenge, a dance competition, during her time at school.
Her co-ordinator at the time said: “She was an important member of the team and, despite her disability and pain at times, performed to the best of her ability without complaint and would encourage other dancers to achieve and help the younger members to learn their routines.”
Sarah now puts her experience to use choreographing dance routines and shows for other guiding members and showing how moves should be done so they can gain badges.