Officer Cadet Robert Purse from
Hillsborough plans a trek in the fabulous White Mountain
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 Cadet Sarah Johnston from
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."