By Joshua Low.
The annual Sand Sculpture Competition, organised by the Catholic Youth Ministry Perth, was held on the 2nd of March at Scarborough Beach and saw over 100 young people from all over the Perth Archdiocese come together for a morning full of entertainment, loads of fun and a chance to publicly witness their faith.
The Sand Sculpture Competition has always been one of the most anticipated Catholic Youth Ministry events every year. This year teams were entered from youth groups in communities and movements, Parishes north and south of the river and also a team from St Charles Seminary.
In the initial rounds, each participating team was given 30 minutes to create a sand sculpture with a Christian related theme, and saw many jaw dropping creations, including the St Peter’s Basilica, the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI coat of arms, the Miraculous Medal, The Annunciation and St Michael the Archangel.
The three judges for the day, Sister Bernadette Pike, Beatrice Yong and Eliza McKay decided on which teams went through to the final round, with the chosen teams then proceeding to recreate a ‘Thank you’ tribute to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in the sand. This great public witness saw the shores of Scarborough Beach filled with the image of Pope Benedict and a ‘Thank you’ message from the youth of Perth.
‘Singles for Christ’ young adults’ group took the prize this year, beating 10 other teams from various parishes and youth groups across Perth to win the coveted Perpetual Shield and a huge prize pack. Bateman Parish young adults reached second place in the competition, and all competitors walked away with individual prize packs for their efforts on the day.
There were also other activities which ran simultaneously with the Sand Sculpting Competition, which included a beach soccer competition and live music provided by Winton Ley and Reuben De Melo.
Participants described the event and day as a whole, as an enjoyable and unforgettable experience, and one which they will definitely be looking forward to reliving at next year’s competition.