MEMBERS of Henley Rotary Club heard from a young man they recently sponsored to attend a week-long course at the
MEMBERS of Henley Rotary Club heard from a young man they recently sponsored to attend a week-long course at the outdoor education centre at Rhos-y-gwaliau, near Lake Bala, in North Wales.
Ricci Putman, 23, who has worked for the Henley recruitment agency ABRS since July last year, described his experiences on the course, which was part of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award scheme.
He was one of about 32 participants, aged 18 to 25, who were divided into four teams.
Ricci described some of the challenges they faced, including canoeing, sailing, gorge-walking while carrying a bucket to simulate a baby, negotiating an obstacle course while blindfolded and going on a five-mile hike followed by an orienteering 20-mile hike.
He said the ones which involved heights were especially daunting.
Ricci was able to assist some of the shyer participants in performing their tasks and so acquired new skills such as patience.
He said the experience had given him leadership skills which would assist his career development and he could take into his everyday life.
He had noticed an improvement in his social abilities and had developed a competitive edge and more self-awareness as well as gaining confidence.
His thanks to the club for sponsoring him were echoed by his boss, Andrew Bailey, chief executive of ABRS, who had been instrumental in putting Ricci forward as a candidate for the programme.