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Gaisce President's Gold Awards for Doras

Gaisce President's Gold Awards for Doras

Wednesday 18 March 2015

11 students from our Doras centre in Penrose Wharf won Gaisce Gold Awards last month.

Gaisce - the President's Award is the greatest award in Ireland for young people aged 15 to 25 years.

The Gaisce Gold Awards are the highest honours given to people that take part.

To win the award you have to complete a challenge to get involved in your community, set personal goals for yourself around physical activities and personal skills and undertake an adventure journey as a member of a team.

President Michael D. Higgins presents awards to winners at a Gala event in Dublin Castle every year.

Only 61 Gold Awards were given out this year meaning Doras was the most successful group.

President’s Award Leaders (PAL) support participants in growing and developing during the transition from being a young person to being a young adult.

Tony Walsh who is a President’s Award Leader at Doras says: “We are so proud of the group. To be the largest group to receive gold medals in Gaisce is an honour. The commitment and dedication of our students was mentioned more than once in the awards ceremony and we know that the experience will stand to them as they face the future as young adults.”

Jessica Holton-Yelverton, who received a gold medal Gaisce Award says: “For the Adventure Section of my Gold Medal Gaisce Award I walked 89k along the Lough Derg Way. I am really proud of myself that I did entire Hike. I really pushed myself I achieved so much and The Gold Challenge of the President’s Award helped me set goals for myself that I worked hard to achieve. My next goal is to keep improving my time in swimming and make it onto the Irish Special Olympics.”

The winning students were Deirdre Allen, Lisa Curtin, Tracey Harrington, Jessica Holton-Yelverton, Robert Kelly, Kenneth Kiely, Sarah Lynch, Nicole McCarthy, David McSweeney and Yasmin Peyton.