Sophie George successfully applied for The Go for GOLD weekend held on the Lorne Estate, Northern Ireland. The end goal was a place on a GOLD project.In her own words she describes her selection experience.
It was tough – but a lot of fun. I made some great friends, got some fab ideas to take back to my unit and was thoroughly exhausted. I can’t tell you what we did but I can give you some tips.
- Remember it is a selection – so matter how tired or frustrated you are put on your best game face.
- Take some simple resources with you – I took some things to light a fire (tampons, Vaseline, some matches), a print out of some useful knots, and a ball of string.
- Maybe consider sleeping in your clothes and keeping your day bag packed at all times.
After the selection weekend was the long wait to see if you’d got a place. There were around 80 of us at the selection weekend and only 40 spaces available so the competition was tough. Around 2 months later I receive the email. I’d been selected to be a member of Team Europe 2018. We were going to be the first team going to two countries in one trip – 10 days in Estonia, followed by 10 days in Georgia.
Once she had accepted the place fundraising had to begin in earnest to raise the £2000 required. Letters were written, badges sold, raffles run………
Sophie says “With just 3 months left until we jet off final preparations are under way – getting our kit and resources together, doing the final bits of fundraising. I’m a little nervous but mostly very excited!”
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