THERE are people who still think girls cannot excel in outdoor sporting and endurance activities.
And according to Nikhat Khan, girls need to prove these critics wrong.
The 18-year-old head girl of Xavier College in Ba was among 76 students who were awarded bronze and silver awards after participating in the Duke of Edinburgh's International Awards program.
"It was a very challenging program but I wanted to embark on a journey that was new, enriching and exciting," she said.
She said moving from the comforts of home to the wilderness where the students had to sleep in tents and prepared their own meals was challenging.
Those who participated in the award program had to complete three items — community service, physical recreation and adventurous journey.
Nikhat said she aimed to continue the program until she reached the gold award stage.
"We have already made our submissions for the silver award."
Minister for Youth and Sports Commander Viliame Naupoto was the chief guest at the awards ceremony.
"The two things that all of you as young people have in abundance at this stage of your lives are energy and creativity," he said.
"When you choose to participate in programs such as the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, you will discover new talents that you never thought you had and you will learn new skills."
Students and teachers from Xavier College, AD Patel College, Khalsa College and DAV College Ba received the awards.