The smile could not be wiped off Tom Dennison’s face after his first trip overseas.
Tom (17) returned home last week after spending nine days with the Hong Kong police as part of a Blue Light international youth programme.
The trip included 18 pupils from New Zealand and 42 pupils from Hong Kong, Macau and China.
Tom was ecstatic to have been part of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“I really, really enjoyed it – I didn’t want to leave,” Tom said.
During his trip, he spent three days based at the junior police camp where he went zip lining, spent time on laser gun ranges and on high rope courses.
“They showed us all the different areas involved with the police and all of the different equipment they use.”
The 60 pupils were split into groups of about nine and went orienteering throughout the city, he said.
“We had to take photos at all these different destinations around the place – it was awesome.”
The trip to Victoria Peak to look out across the city at night was his favourite moment.
“We got to look out at all the lights and right over the city.
“It was really, really cool, it’s my favourite part of the whole trip.”
On his last day the group visited Disneyland, he said.
Tom was nominated for the programme through the Blue Light Camp at Berwick Lodge where he had been a youth leader for the past three years.
The programme taught him extra skills he would be able to apply and share when he attended this year’s camp in September.
“I learnt heaps of different leadership skills which I’m looking forward to passing on and using.”