126 (City of Derby) Squadron exceeded all expectations at the CISSAM shooting competition last weekend, winning 8 out of the 9 national trophies on offer. The team also walked away with 4 Bisley Green badges.
Four cadets and two staff from 126 Squadron set out to compete in the Cadet Inter Service Skill at Arms Meeting, held at Pirbright in Surrey. The competition consists of a number of complex service rifle matches using the L98A2 rifle. Competitors from all over the UK and from all services are selected to shoot. This year, 126 Squadron was the highest ATC team to qualify and was presented with the Commandants Cup.
The cadets shot to an incredible standard over the weekend, achieving very high scores throughout. They won the Montgomery of Alamain Trophy, the Marlin Trophy and were second in the Team Snap.
For the first time in ATC history, 126 Squadron gained individual 1st, 2nd and 3rd place not only within the ATC but across the whole competition. Cpl Esmee Marsh gained 3rd place, Cpl James Thompstone came 2nd and Flt Sgt Lee Kemp was overall top shot. Flt Sgt Kemp said, “I was over the moon when I found out I had won overall top shot. This was my last time shooting for the squadron as I’m joining the RAF soon. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to finish off my cadet career.”
All four cadets in the team were selected to represent the ATC as part of a 12 man team to shoot the Inter Service final against the top 12 Army and Sea Cadets. For the first time in the history of CISSAM the ATC came out on top. The team was managed by Adult Sgt Ben Hirst, shooting officer at 126 Squadron. He said, “I’m so proud of my cadets. They have trained very hard over the last 2 months in preparation. To see all of the hard work pay off was great.”_