03 Jul Nayland students excel in the CACTUS “longest day” challenge

Last week 11 Nayland College students completed the CACTUS (Combine Adolescent Challenge Training Unit and Support) programme, a course of physical fitness, team-building and endurance challenges.


The students attended eight weeks of CACTUS training sessions  from 5.55am, three mornings a week. Early starts weren’t the only challenge though: graduation wasn’t ensured until the participants had completed the “Longest Day”, a team challenge that saw the group hauling logs along Trafalgar St, running the Cathedral steps with a loaded pack and fording the Maitai River.

The popularity of the course, run as a youth community initiative across Nelson schools, has grown substantially in recent years. Students were invited to take part, and there was a significant wait list of keen CACTUS trainees. Nayland College’s Jackson Ottman was awarded top student in this year’s intake.


Congratulations to the 2015 Nayland CACTUS graduates:

  • Mikayla Bovey
  • Emily Haworth
  • Emily Snelgrove
  • Jackson Ottman
  • Tino Dube
  • Rosie Wild
  • Elliot Prentice
  • Will McEwan
  • Ihaia Wharepapa
  • Manu Wikaira
  • Tyson Goldsmith

Read the Nelson Mail article here.