The 126 (City of Derby) Squadron shooting team have put in an outstanding performance to become national shooting champions at the Bisley inter-services cadet competition.
The team of four, trained by Adult Sergeant Ben Hirst and captained by Flight Sergeant Taisiya Marsh, shot against Army, Navy and Air Cadet teams to win the trophy for the Overall Champion Unit. Their performance was so impressive that the team walked away with 3 additional national trophies – The Frankfort Shield, The Cadet 150 Anniversary Aggregate and the Gill Trophy (Best Air Cadet Team). Flt Sgt Marsh said, “We have had an amazing week. All of the team was on top form. We were very proud to beat some very strong ACF teams and walk away with all of this silverware!”
Hot on the heels of the 126 Squadron A-team at the Bisley competition was the 126 Squadron B-team coached by Adult Sergeant Helen Southall. The B-team had an excellent competition and have also been awarded a national shooting trophy. At the pre-Bisley course last week, the B-team won the Air Gunners Association Trophy. This is the second consecutive year that 126 Squadron have won the coveted Air Gunners Trophy.
The individual cadets in both the A and B teams scored highly during the competitions. All 8 team members received a Cadet 150 Bisley Blue and are therefore among the top 150 cadet shots in the country. Sergeant Richard Elliott was the top shot overall at the pre-Bisley course and Corporal Joshua Balson was the squadron’s top shot at the Bisley meet, coming second in the Boulter Cup.
This incredible squadron achievement is unique in the Air Training Corps. The cadets showed professionalism, dedication and a real team spirit throughout the competition. Credit must be given to Adult Sergeants Hirst and Southall. Their hours of commitment to training the team has led to a fantastic week of achievements that will go down in the history books not only of 126 Squadron, but also in the history of the Air Training Corps.