Kirkby girls take young leaders test

Claire Smith (left) and Molly Blore show photos of their RYLA course to (standing) President Roger Pursey, Assistant Governor Eric Thompson, Rotarian Jean Moulson and (seated) President Elect Paul Riley and Rotarian Melissa Blythe.
Claire Smith (left) and Molly Blore show photos of their RYLA course to (standing) President Roger Pursey, Assistant Governor Eric Thompson, Rotarian Jean Moulson and (seated) President Elect Paul Riley and Rotarian Melissa Blythe.

Two Kirkby girls have described how they faced their fears on a Rotary activity course for young potential leaders.

Molly Blore and Claire Smith, both 16, are students at Ashfield School and were sponsored by Kirkby Rotary Club to attend a prestigious weekend course as part of the Rotary Young Leadership Awards (RYLA).

The programme enables thousands of young people around the world each year to learn new skills and develop leadership qualities. The course takes place at the White Hall outdoor education centre near Buxton, Derbyshire. The participants experience team building and use of initiative through discussions and activities.

Molly and Claire, who live in Kirkby, told how all they undertook various activities including a night walk, mountain biking, canoeing and abseiling, as well as weaselling, a sort of open caving. Molly described how she overcame her fear of heights to do the abseiling module: “I enjoyed it so much that I did it again. It was my favourite activity of the weekend.”

Claire had an initial problem with weaselling. She said: “But I managed to keep calm and felt so pleased with myself that I had gone completely out of my comfort zone.”

Claire (left) and Molly show photos to the Rotarians: (standing) president Roger Pursey, Eric Thompson, Jean Moulson and (seated) Paul Riley and Melissa Blythe.