Training day: hardy Gaisce hopefuls have coveted medals in their sights
THEY will face the toughest outdoor challenges possible, cross rivers, scale zip-lines and endure marathon hikes -- all for the chance of a tilt at a special medal.
The wilds of Wicklow are providing the backdrop for 30 young people with an average age of 15-16 who are being put through their paces by the Defence Forces.
Their endurance test is all part of Gaisce -- the President's national challenge award that gives out bronze, silver and gold medals to young people who complete a series of tasks as part of the programme.
Personnel from the 2nd Field Artillery Regiment are instructing this hardy group of young people in survival skills, adventure training and group dynamics as part of their preparation for this year's awards programme.
The 30 participants will finish their outdoor training on Friday.
They will then have to complete other challenges before being eligible for their bronze awards.