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Local students up for the challenge


Blue Light team 2016-608Three Rodney College students enjoyed the challenge of attending the NZ Blue Light Life Skills course held at Moirs Point Christian Centre at Mangawhai recently.

Rawiri Walker, Eden Smith and Steven Grevers answered the applications and joined 49 other students from areas such as Whanganui, Matamata, Wellsford, Whangarei, Auckland, Mangawhai and the Far North who all bonded well together in five syndicates.

The week-long Life Skills courses are run by a very resourceful team from the NZ Defence Force led by Sgt Major Mike Wallace and Petty Officer Andy Hall.

Blue Light staff and volunteers work alongside Defence Force staff from the Army, Navy and Air Force during the camps which have been operating for many years.

Twelve years ago the local Blue Light co-ordinator ran the course at Moirs Point which led to his wife managing the camp since 2005.

Sgt Geoff Medland, officer in charge of Wellsford police, was the reviewing officer of the graduation parade and spoke of his early career in the Army that provided future opportunities for him in the fire service and police.

Local Mangawhai student Eden Smith from Rodney College won the leadership award for her syndicate, a proud moment for her and her parents.

All students attending received a framed certificate for their achievements.

Eden reported on her experience saying she was exhausted but exhilarated after one of the best experiences of her life.

Turning 15 in December, Eden was one of the youngest on the course which put her well outside her comfort zone, but with a great outcome.

The daily routine began at 5am with a round of physical training followed by a 60 second shower and a hearty breakfast.

Eden particularly enjoyed the team-building exercises which involved effort from all members to complete their allotted tasks.

All cadets were required to fill out workbooks which meant they had to think about exercises they had been given.

“I didn’t realise I could do so much,” says Eden finding that, as her self-confidence grew, she was good at so many things. A good lesson for life.

n Future courses are available during 2016 and information can be found on the NZ Blue Light website and North Rodney site at nrbl.org.nz.

LIFE SKILLS: Pictured from left are Corporal Phillip Logan, students Rawiri Walker, Eden Smith, Steven Grevers and Corporal Justin Dethier with Sgt Geoff Medland and Shane Gould at back. Eden Smith won the Top Leader award for her syndicate.

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