Gold Award for Twenty Years of Ten Tors Service

The College’s Outdoor Education Leader, Lyndsay Cooper, has been awarded a prestigious Gold award for her twenty years’ service as the College’s Ten Tors Team Manager.

For her twentieth year, Ms Cooper oversaw two College teams successfully complete both the 35 and 45 mile challenge, finishing within minutes of each other at around 1.30pm on Sunday 13 May. A keen mountain and hill walker and long distance cyclist herself, Ms Cooper has used her knowledge in the world of outdoor pursuits to successfully guide students through the arduous annual Ten Tors challenge for the last two decades.

Lyndsay Cooper receiving her Gold Award from Ten Tors Event Director, Colonel APL Dawes
Lyndsay Cooper receiving her Gold Award from Ten Tors Event Director, Colonel APL Dawes
The accolade was presented to her by Ten Tors Event Director, Colonel APL Dawes, during a briefing meeting in front of fellow team leaders.

Ms Cooper said of her achievement: “Despite having been involved in Ten Tors for the last twenty years, every time feels like the first time. There are definitely nerves year-on-year and each Ten Tors has the same importance in terms of getting students physically, mentally and logistically ready for the challenge ahead. Over the last twenty years I have seen the highs and lows of Ten Tors including victories and injuries. Some of our students have left Newton Abbot College and have continued to pursue outdoor pursuits; from mountaineering and abseiling to travelling the world. I am proud of each and every student who has participated in this great event.”

Ten Tors Newton Abbot College Ofsted Good Secondary School 9
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