A native of Galway City, Christina had already achieved her Bronze Gaisce Award when she decided to complete her Gold Award with the help of her PAL Lorraine Tansey. Christina, who has a love of the sea, undertook a degree in Marine Science in NUIG.
For her Community Involvement, Christina became NUIG Development Officer for the Sub-Aqua Club, a position she still holds. As a committee member, Christina attends regular meetings every Wednesday and discusses the running of the club. She organises club events and is responsible for the promotion of the sub-aqua club to the wider student body, in addition to fundraising and finding sponsors. Since becoming Development Officer, Christina has organised many table quizzes for the club and charity including ‘Helping Hands’ and ‘Temple Street Children’s Hospital’.
Christina took up Art as her Personal Skill – it was always something she had an interest in, but never found the time to do it. Christina joined the Art Society in NUIG where teacher, Patrick ‘Podge’ Daly, taught her much about drawing, proportions and painting. The society went on a trip to Berlin where they met with German students and explored the city and its art. During the year, Christina assisted in organising various exhibitions around college, including the Muscailt Arts Festival. Now that Christina has her own art portfolio, she feels confident enough to exhibit her own work.
For her Physical Recreation, she chose running. Christina’s goal was to get in shape and run a full marathon. In September 2012, she took part in her first marathon in Dingle Co. Kerry. Part of her training included three-hour runs to prepare her for long-distance running. She then went on to take part in many different races including the Galway Bay 10km, Run-a-Muck Challenge, Kinvarra 10km and the Craughwell 10 Miler.
For her Residential Project, Christina went on the NUIG’s annual trip to Malin Beg, Co Donegal for five days. Christina was made ‘shore marshal’ for the club, ensuring that everyone got in and out of the water safely.
For her Adventure Journey, she embarked on a trip to Nepal. Christina and some of her friends volunteered with an orphanage, and during their stay went hiking for a few days. Starting the hike in Talamarang, where the orphanage was, they hiked towards the Himalaya’s, reaching Sherpa Village – at a height of 3,600m.