Unity Shield success for local schools

Mr Derek Wilson, Megan Sexton, Mr Gareth Adams, Bethany Sloan, Adam White, Emma Davey, Laura Tarmey from HSBC, Scott Baird, Joshua Nelson, Tom McConkey and Joel Donnan.
Mr Derek Wilson, Megan Sexton, Mr Gareth Adams, Bethany Sloan, Adam White, Emma Davey, Laura Tarmey from HSBC, Scott Baird, Joshua Nelson, Tom McConkey and Joel Donnan.
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A TEAM of eight young people from Jordanstown Schools for the Deaf and Visually Impaired and Belfast High School celebrated success in this year’s Kielder Challenge.

The Kielder Challenge, managed by the leading outdoor access charity Fieldfare Trust, is a national competition for teams of 13-16 year olds with and without learning, sensory and physical disabilities which aims to integrate youngsters in an outdoor environment.

At this year’s final in Kielder Forest, Northumbria, the local team won the sought after Unity Shield, making it three wins in a row after taking the Kielder Cup in 2010 and the shield in 2009.

The initiative, led by Gareth Adams and Derek Wilson from the PE departments at the two schools, saw four children from each school come together to form a team to enter the Northern Ireland heats.

Read the full story in this week’s Times...