Cadet Flight Sergeant Tom Fielder of 2070 (Glenfield) Squadron has recently returned from a week of intensive competition shooting.
From June 29th to July 8th, FS Fielder has been shooting in a National Cadet Forces competition involving cadets from around the Commonwealth at the National Shooting Centre in Bisley. The competition involves the use of the L81A2 full bore target rifle at distances ranging from 300m up to 1 km using a 7.62mm calibre round. The competition spans over 5 days and consists of various shooting practices using the various different ranges at Bisley. Tom spent a few days prior to the competition practicing at an MOD target rifle range in Cardiff.
Tom has achieved quite a lot in one week, although admittedly the preparation has taken much more than a week of skill, concentration and dedication. His achievements in the competition were:
- Tom was part of a team that won The Air Gunners Trophy which is shot over 300, 500 & 600 metres between the top 10 qualifying Air Cadet Teams.
- Tom was part of a team that won The V-Club Shield which is contested by all cadet forces teams and is shot over 900 & 1000 metres. This competition involves all of the cadet forces teams.
- Tom won a Silver Medal in the individual 300m shoot.
- Tom also won Bronze medal for 3rd place overall out of all the Air Cadets in the competition.
Tom’s proudest moment and primary ambition was to achieve the ‘Cadet 100’. The Cadet 100 is awarded to the top 100 Cadets out of the 500 selected to compete. This success was to be savoured last as Tom came 12th in the competition – This is a new record for the squadron and Tom becomes only the second cadet at the squadron to have ever achieved this.
“It was a pleasure for me, as I really enjoy the sport and it is a great honour for to shoot for my local squadron. I would especially like to thank Warrant Officer Hubbard, the squadron shooting officer for introducing me to target rifle shooting”.
…and finally Tom has also received a Corps Blue Badge which is awarded for representing the whole of the Air Training Corps in the final which is contested against the Sea Cadets and Army Cadets. The ATC came second overall.
London 2012 may be a little soon but keep your eye out for Tom Fielder at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, in Rio 2016!
By CI James Brewster
2070 Glenfield Sqn ATC