A young Killarney girl is among 30 young Gaisce participants from across Ireland who concluded four days of hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, swimming and army assault courses as they took part in the annual Defence Forces Adventure Challenge.
Aislinn Burke from Killarney has just completed Transition Year at St. Brigids Presentation Secondary school and was one of the young recruits who were put through their paces by personnel from the 2nd Brigade Artillery Regiment of the Defence Forces, who led the Gaisce participants through a host of incredible adventure challenges, training and team-building exercises. The Defence Forces Adventure Challenge shows young people just what they can achieve when they step outside their comfort zone.
“The President’s Award is delighted to partner with the Defence Forces on the 32nd Defence Forces Challenge. Due to the leadership and generosity of the Defence Forces, 30 Gaisce participants from all over Ireland experienced a unique insight into military life first-hand. These young people pushed themselves to their limits, and in the process, developed skills, built confidence and created friendships and memories to cherish. We congratulate them all on their achievements”, Yvonne McKenna, CEO of Gaisce – The President’s Award said .
The once in a lifetime opportunity kicked off for the young people at the Custume Barracks, Athlone before moving to the Curragh, Co. Kildare and finishing on Friday after the participants completed their final challenge of conquering the Slieve Bloom Mountains.