Congratulations to Hazel Bryan, who on Wednesday 12th October was presented with the award at the Marine Society and Sea Cadet Annual Court. The Chamber this week spoke to the officer trainee, who revealed her journey started when she visited the ‘Careers at Sea’ website, “[I] found it all sounded too good to be true but went for it anyway, really the rest is history.”
The history is an inspiring one. Hazel studied at Fleetwood Nautical Campus, starting her cadetship in May 2008. In 2009 her sponsored shipping company was PIL UK, where she worked aboard containerships. Towards the end of her cadetship, she was unfazed by being the only female aboard on one sailing, demonstrating the resilience and strength that the judges clearly noted. Her current training company is Anglo Eastern, working on a Subsea 7 vessel.
With maritime in her heritage, passed down by her career seafarer Grandfather, it is Hazel’s willingness to promote the industry, both nationally and internationally, which made her stand out. She is a mentor to young female cadets and a Merchant Navy Training Board ambassador in her spare time, motivated, she told the Chamber, by her own experience with such a volunteer: “He served on submarines for many, many years and spoke very fondly about his career… He truly inspired me because he was battling cancer on and off for years, but still would give up his precious time to us.”
Of the other awards presented at the Court, Hazel said “I must say I was very humbled by all the volunteers from the sea cadets who also received their rewards, it is truly wonderful to know these people are guiding young people.”
Hazel wished to thank her family, and the staff and volunteers who have played a part in her journey so far, “Without these people I would not be fortunate enough to be in a job that I love.”