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Take up the LIA challenge

The aim of the President&#39s Challenge 2002/03 is for 100 teams to participate over the challenge period (November 2002 to April 18, 2003) and raise in the region of £500,000 to fund a new hospital unit for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The challenge is to put together a team of eight and raise sponsorship of at least £500 each. You will then spend 48 hours competing in a number of events at Barton Hall, a specialist activity centre in Torquay, Devon. Activities include:






Zip Wire

There are a number of other events that will test teamwork and imagination. Points are awarded for each event and the team with the most points at the end of the challenge will each get a ticket for the LIA annual conference and gala dinner in May 2003.

For any team, time spent away from the office can be as crucial as time spent in it. Ideas flow more freely, people bond more readily and problems are solved more easily. However, the real reward is knowing that you are helping teenage cancer patients and making a great difference in their lives. Enjoy participating in a range of activities and help us reach our target of £500,000.

Your commitment

To raise an average of £500 per individual.

Book yourself on the event at a cost of £157 (this includes two nights&#39 accommodation in a private en suite room at Barton Hall, all meals and activities).

Be prepared to be challenged and have fun.

Do I have to be physically fit?

While most of the activities require some physical exertion, it is more about using both the physical and mental strengths of the whole team. The points system allows for a wide variety of fitness levels and the challenge cannot be won on fitness alone.

When and how can I book?

Barton Hall is available both midweek and at weekends. To check availability and to book, call directly on 0800 1699783, quoting “President&#39s Challenge”. You will also need to confirm your team name and contact details with the LIA. Email Lyn New at

How the scoring system works

It is possible to score for your team in several ways, depending on the event. Apart from the factual element points, additional points can be earned for teamwork, style and imagination. The events and scoring for these is as follows:


Points are awarded on completion of problems and for teamwork. Maximum 100 points.


Each team member will have the opportunity for four individual descents and, with eight members, that is a total of 32 descents. Five points will be awarded for each descent, with a total of 160 points. A further 40 bonus points will be available for style of descent and teamwork. Maximum 200 points.


Teams will design and construct a waterproof shelter using only the materials provided in a specified amount of time. Points available are as follows: Quality- 20, waterproof – 20, Area chosen – 20, home comforts – 20, teamwork – 40. Maximum 120 points

Jacobs Ladder

The team has to devise a route through a complicated network of obstacles without touching the ground and using a ladder. Points are awarded for number of obstacles cleared, time taken and teamwork. Maximum 200 points.


The team will be given instruction on the dry ski slope and get points based on style and participation. Five points per person will be available for each of these two elements. Maximum 80 points.


The climbing wall has differing standards of climb. Points are available for completion of the task (80) and teamwork (20). Maximum 100 points.

Zip Wire

Points are available for completion (five per person) and style (five per person). Maximum 80 points.

Poles Apart

This is an event for teams of four. Two attempts per eight-man team are permitted, with no practice rounds. There are six poles in ascending height order and you can only use each other to assist in climbing each level. Thirty points are available for each level all members of the team reach. Maximum 150 points


Each team member is allowed two practice attempts with three arrows. The third attempt (with a further three arrows) is the one that counts for the competition. Points will be awarded only for arrows on the target at the end of the round as follows: White one, black two, blue three, red four, yellow five. Maximum points are, therefore, 15 each for each of the eight participants, making a total of 120. In addition, there will be up to 30 discretionary points for style and team encouragement.

Technology – Cars IT

Using specialist software, you will design, test and evaluate a virtual racing car. This will culminate in a race between all team members. Points are awarded for individual participation and success. Maximum points 160.

Total points from all 10 activities – 1,320

Bonus round

The Leap of Faith is not for the faint-hearted – it is not compulsory. Each team can earn additional bonus points based on a maximum of four individual leaps from the platform at the top of the pole. Due to the difficulty of this challenge, 40 points per successful leap will be awarded. Maximum 160 points.

Total competition points available – 1500.


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