NSW Rovers at WAM 2014


The 19th Australian National Moot (WAM) held in Western Australia from 30th December – 10th January welcomed 94 Contingent members from NSW for 12 days of fun and adventure.  A National Moot, much like a Jamboree, is a chance for Rovers from all around Australia (and 11 other countries around the world) to travel and participate in activities and expeditions, while they have the time of their life and make new friends. Western Australian Moot, or more commonly known as WAM, enticed over 500 Rovers after being planned and promoted by WA Rovers for three years.

While the majority flew to WAM, 18 Rovers from Riverina Region left Boxing Day to make the long, hot trip across the Nullarbor to the other side of Australia. They made it to the half point of Australia, drove the 90 mile straight (crossing the borders of SA and WA) and visited The Giant Galah and the Kalgoorlie Superpit, all contributing to part of the Baden Powell Award, the highest award in the Rover Section.

During the Moot participants took on a five day expedition. There was never a dull moment! Rovers could choose from a great range of activities such as sailing, diving, water skiing, abseiling, caving and hiking to rally cars, 4WDing, beach bumming and wineries.

Offsite activities ranged from basic ‘Bronze’ activities like visits to the zoo, aquarium or Fremantle Prison, ‘Silver’ activities included paintball, theme parks, jet boating, paddle boarding or horse riding, and ‘Gold’ activities gave participants the chance at go karting, V8 Hot Laps, gourmet tours or shooting. Some more extreme ‘Platinum’ activities included sky diving, swimming with sharks, rally racing or aerial acrobatics!

What did the Rovers think about WAM?

“WAM was a truly unique way to start the year. Imagine being surrounded by new friends from other states and countries celebrating all the different time zones “Happy New Year” moment.” – Heather, Hurstville Rover Crew, South Metropolitan Region

“WAM was an awesome experience with amazing memories. Dancing in the arena every night with my friends for 2 weeks is a memory I’ll never forget!” – Jono Morey, Kings Langley Rover Crew, Greater Western Sydney Region

“This is my third National Moot, and it’s been the best one yet! It was really awesome to represent NSW and carry the flag at the closing ceremony. Thanks to WA Rovers for organising an amazing fortnight of adventure!” – Scott, Epping Rover Crew, Sydney North Region

I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came as part of the NSW Contingent. From the glowing reviews I think it is safe to say everyone had a truly exceptional two weeks.

This was my 2nd National Moot, 6th National event and I have attended 3 international events, but WAM so far has been my favourite.  I am very keen to become a staff member at the next national moot and strongly encourage anyone eligible to attend as a participant or staff to do so, you won’t regret it.

The 20th National Moot will be in 2017, held in and run by Victoria.

Liz Melville

NSW Contingent Leader