For the first time in the history of 126 Squadron and the South & East Midlands Wing, a shooting team from Derby has competed in the Cadet Inter-Service Skill at Arms Meeting (CISSAM). The team achieved outstanding results in the national competition.
The CISSAM competition is shot with the L98 A2 rifle. Teams compete from the Air Training Corps, Army Cadet Force and Sea Cadet Corps. The ATC team from Derby, including coaches Adult Sergeants Ben Hirst and Helen Southall, were on a steep learning curve as they entered the competition. However, this did not prevent them from achieving extremely high results.
In the overall competition, three members of the Derby team achieved a Cadet 50 badge. These were Cpl Dean Cotterill (12th place), F/Sgt Lee Kemp (43rd) and Sgt Richard Elliott (46th).
In the Individual Snap competition, Cpl Cotterill scored a highest possible score and had to return to do a tie shoot against 8 other cadets at the end of the day. He achieved 2nd place overall. Cpl Cotterill went on to represent the Air Training Corps in the Inter-Services Final. The ATC team came 2nd to the ACF. Cpl Cotterill was awarded a Corps Blue.
126 Squadron achieved first place in the Team Snap competition. This trophy has never been won before by an Air Cadet team. The Derby team were crowned top ATC team and came 3rd in the team competition at the end of the event.
This outstanding set of results follows many national wins by the Derby shooting team. Adult Sgt Helen Southall said, “We were so pleased with our performance at CISSAM as this is the first year we have entered the competition. The cadets shot incredibly well and enjoyed the whole experience of the competition.”