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Horsforth and Aireborough sixth-formers thrilled with Rotarian challenge
7:56pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
Sixth-formers from Horsforth and Aireborough took part in outdoor challenges with the help of Rotarians.
For several years the Rotary Club of Aireborough has given sixth form pupils from four local secondary schools the chance to attend a Youth Leadership Award programme held at Hebden Hey in the Hardcastle Crags Valley.
Last weekend, Hannah Childs and Conner Hulme, both from Horsforth School, completed the course made up of four very different outdoor team exercises, including raft building, with the added challenge of 6.30am starts and late finishes.
Brian Waite, who drove them home, said: “They spent most of the trip home reporting back enthusiastically on their adventures and discoveries, the rest of the journey they fell asleep.”
This year, for the first time, the club also decided to send two students on an Ocean Youth Trust (North) voyage based on North Shields.
Tom Corina, from Benton Park School, and Chris Penny, from St Mary’s, Menston, were the first to take on this new challenge aboard Ocean Scout.
Their week included sailing up the Tyne to the Millennium Bridge as well as to Amble, the Farne Islands, Hartlepool and Blyth, even being given the chance to ‘Captain’ the crew on the final day.
Coping with cramped conditions was the order of the day.
All four young people would thoroughly recommend their experiences to next year’s prospective participants.
Barry Mills, of the club’s education committee, said: “All four proved to be superb ambassadors for their schools and their generation. They met the testing challenges of character-building, outdoor activities and practising leadership.
Tom and Chris also gained nautical skills as crew on a sailing craft on the River Tyne and North Sea venturing as far as the Farne Islands, and all four emerged tired but triumphant.”