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Fourteen Firsts for Derby

Article posted: May 25, 2013 by Sqn Ldr Wilson

126 (City of Derby) Squadron has won the South & East Midlands Wing Athletics competition for the 14th consecutive year. 126 Squadron is the only unit to have ever won the Wing Athletics competition since the South & East Midlands Wing was formed in 1999.

The competition took place on a very warm and sunny Sunday at Saffron Lane Athletics Stadium in Leicester. The cadets from Derby delivered amazing results on the track and field and won the competition by almost 30 points. As well as walking away with the overall title, the squadron won the Youths age category and came second in the Junior Men, Girls and Junior Women categories.

Facing incredibly stiff competition from 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron and 1359 (Beeston) Squadron, the Derby team had to work hard to retain their title. The field events brought in vital points with cadets performing exceptionally well in the High Jump and Javelin. On the track, the team scored vital points in the relays and sprint areas.

The team from 126 Squadron believe their continued success at Wing Athletics is not just down to training but dedication, determination and above all a team spirit that is unique to Derby.

Adult Sergeant Elodie Marsh, Sports Officer at Derby Squadron said, “Our cadets are proud to represent their squadron. Every single cadet is aware of Derby’s sporting achievements and none of them want to let the squadron down. On the day, despite two late changes due to illness, they pulled together, produced some unbelievable results and came away with another outstanding win.”