On Saturday 19th September, after weeks of practice, the cadets of 422 (Corby) Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets made their way to the new Harvey Haddon Sports Village in Nottingham to compete in the South and East Midlands Wing Inter-Squadron Swimming Championships.
With the challenge to improve on last year’s 9th place, the cadets gave their all across each age category with events including the butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle, individual medley and relay.
As the day progressed, cheers from 422 would come as the individual category results were announced seeing 422 come 1st in the Junior Boys butterfly and backstroke and 3rd in the relay. The Junior Girls put in an equally impressive show with a 2nd place in butterfly, 3rd in the Individual Medley and 4th place in the breaststroke and relay. The Senior Girls team also placed 4th overall in the freestyle category.
During final parade the cadets waited nervously to hear the final results. The wait was worth it as the Squadron came joint 3rd overall in the Junior Girls category.
On route back to the Squadron the overall competition results came through and silence fell across the coach as the Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Kev Ritchie RAFVR read out the individual results for each category, just to prolong the overall result that 422 (Corby) Squadron had come 4th overall in the Inter-Squadron Swimming Championships. The coach exploded with cheers!
Flight Lieutenant Kev Ritchie RAFVR said, “I gave the cadets a challenge last year to get to the top five this year and they certainly took that challenge on. What an amazing result and one they should be extremely proud of”.
For more information about 422 (Corby) Squadron, you can call the Squadron on 01536 601615 or visit their website at www.422corbyatc.co.uk/how-to-join.aspx</a