Five Cadets from 126 (City of Derby) Squadron are celebrating after becoming the national champions in an inter-service shooting competition.
On Saturday 28th March, the Cadets from Derby travelled to Bisley ranges in Surrey to compete in the Battle of Britain shooting competition. This is a competition open to all squadrons, with the top two teams in the Air Training Corps getting the chance to travel to Bisley and compete in a shoulder to shoulder match. The 126 Squadron team (Sgt Charlotte Chetwyn, Sgt Taisiya Marsh, Cpl Joshua Balson and Cdt Dean Cottrill) shot very well but were narrowly beaten into second place by 1344 (Cardiff) Squadron.
Over the same weekend, the Cadets also shot in the Inter-service small bore competition, shooting for the Punch trophy. In this competition, the Derby cadets joined forces with Cardiff squadron to shoot against the Army and Navy cadets. The Air Training Corps team won this match outright, being 16 points clear of the Army Cadet Force.
The Cadets from Derby are extremely proud of this achievement, as they are the first English ATC team to win the Punch trophy in over 10 years. Cadet Sgt Charlotte Chetwyn said, “It’s great that we have won this trophy. We trained hard for the event because we really wanted a team from England to win. It was quite a hard competition but we all kept our nerve and shot really well.”
To add to the achievements this weekend, Cadet Alice Southall won the competition that is run for all reserves that travel with the teams. At only 13 years of age, she was the top overall shot from all 3 cadet forces in the country. Sgt Ben Hirst (ATC) who trains the Derby team said, “Alice is a star for the future. She has a natural talent for shooting.”
The five cadets from Derby were extremely proud to present the Punch Bowl to the Squadron on Monday night. They were also keen to thank the Rolls Royce Rifle and Pistol Club who have provided help and support in training the cadets.
Flying Officer Jackie Barker.