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Local student cadets enjoy South African adventure

Officer Cadet Robert Purse from Hillsborough plans a trek in the fabulous White Mountain region. Officer Cadet Sam Haldene from Lisburn.
Officer Cadet Robert Purse from Hillsborough plans a trek in the fabulous White Mountain region. Officer Cadet Sam Haldene from Lisburn.

A NUMBER of local students recently enjoyed the trip of a lifetime on an outdoor adventure to South Africa.

Officer Cadet Robert Purse from Hillsborough, Officer Cadet Sam Haldene from Lisburn, Officer Cadet Sarah Johnston from Hillsborough and Officer Cadet Aaron Kennedy from Stoneyford are all members of the Queen's University Officer Training Corps and this year their adventure training programme took them to South Africa.

Officer CadetSarah Johnston from Hillsborough Taking the climb at a steady pace is Officer Cadet Aaron Kennedy from Stoneyford.
Officer Cadet Sarah Johnston from Hillsborough Taking the climb at a steady pace is
Officer Cadet Aaron Kennedy from Stoneyford.

Lieutenant Colonel Nick Tougher, Officer Commanding QUOTC, was delighted but not entirely surprised at the enthusiastic response for the South African adventure.

He commented: "Few university clubs offer this sort of opportunity so it has certainly made us a talking point amongst students and of course it has provided a great boost to recruitment. While it was a fabulous trip, it's far from a one-off event, for adventure and travel are very much part of the QUOTC annual calendar.

"The young men and women who took part in this latest adventure training venture have really earned their air miles. All have achieved a high standard of fitness and have shown considerable commitment to their chosen university hobby." Lt Col Tougher continued, "We know that membership of QUOTC demands considerable commitment from people who are already heavily committed to their academic studies and who may also be trying to build a civilian career. We recognise their preparedness to 'go the extra mile' by providing amazing opportunities to enjoy new physical, intellectual and even emotional challenges and to have some great fun into the bargain."

stacey.heaney@jpress.co.uk

Ulster Star
21/12/2007