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Intrepid pair face tough challenges for award.

Byline: Hazel Ettienne ,

leaders(From left) Rotary Youth Leadership Award mentor Karen Goff, Stephanie Gott and Jonathan Sharp with their Rotary awards, and president of Mirfield Rotary Club Paul Cusworth

TWO young people tackled gruelling challenges when they took part in a youth leadership award programme.

Students Stephanie Gott and Jonathan Sharp attended and completed the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.

They made a raft out of oil drums, rope and wooden planks which was sailed across a canal, created a shelter out of plastic and took part in night-time orienteering.

They also learned how to move a casualty on a stretcher across rough terrain

The five-day course, based on leadership, teamwork and decision-making was held at Hebden Bridge Outdoor Pursuit Centre.

The RYLA courses are aimed at people aged between 16 and 18 who have demonstrated leadership ability among their peer group.

They can be from sports teams or clubs, schools or youth groups, employers or full time education establishments.

Stephanie and Jonathan are both 18, live at Mirfield and are students at Greenhead College in Huddersfield.

Before going on the course people are asked to set personal goals and during the course sessions are held with the staff to assess what progress each individual has made towards those goals.

The activities were conducted by professional instructors and each team of eight is accompanied on all activities by a volunteer Rotarian who acts as mentor to the group.

Stephanie and Jonathan were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mirfield and attended the club to report on their experiences.

They gave a detailed account of the main activities over the course plus other additional events and tasks.

The club will be booking two further places next summer.

Any resident of Mirfield who would like to know more or is interested in applying for next year's course should phone Paul Cusworth on 01924 518741 for more details.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Oct 6, 2004
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