Naas students’ 200 km cycle for Gaisce Award

At front (l to r): Rory McDermott, Dan Devlin.Back: Stacy Masterson, Patrick Lanigan, Kevin Boonstra, Stephen Lackey, Mark Halton, Conor Whyte, Jack Hanrahan, Conor Dowling. Missing from photo�James Toner.
TEN students from Naas CBS undertook a daunting 200km two day cycle as part of their Silver Gaisce President’s awards programme.

TEN students from Naas CBS undertook a daunting 200km two day cycle as part of their Silver Gaisce President’s awards programme.

All of the students had been training and preparing throughout the year for this cycle, which forms a part of their award. The ten students cycled from Naas to Birr, then had a rest day before completing the return journey from Birr to Naas. This challenge forms what is known as the ‘Adventure’ challenge of their Silver Gaisce award.

Other aspects of the award include community service, personal skill and physical recreation. To fulfil all three parts of the award all the participants undertake a wide range of activities like cookery, computer programming, football, lifesaving, guitar, piano, hurling, rugby, music and drama, debating, chess, sign language, first aid and many more.

All participants must focus on three distinct pastimes or skills for the year and then finally complete the adventure section. For the Naas CBS boys the adventure section was a 200km cycle over two days, with a rest day in between.

The lads were accompanied by three teachers from Naas CBS, Joe Kelly, Stacy Masterson and Tom Noone. Tom Keenan, a stalwart of Naas Cycling Club was also on hand.

- Paul O’Meara