126 (City of Derby) Squadron shooting team have put in an outstanding performance at the national Bisley competition and have walked away with nine Bisley Blues.
Bisley Blues are awarded to cadets that come in the top 100 placings at the national shooting competition, held every year at the Bisley shooting ranges. This year’s haul of Bisley Blues is the largest ever for the Derby squadron.
126 Squadron were represented by two teams at the Bisley and Inter Services Cadet Rifle Meet (ISCRM). The squadron’s A-team was the top ATC team to qualify for Bisley and they were the top ATC team at the ISCRM competition. The B-team enjoyed the same success, winning the DSG trophy. The DSG competition is a long range aggregate match at 500 and 600 yards.
Seven cadets from Derby went on to represent the ATC in the Inter Service match and each one of them gained a Corps Blue. This was a real honour for the seven cadets from Derby as the entire team for this match only consists of sixteen cadets in total.
For Cadet Warrant Officer Charlotte Chetwyn, this was her last Bisley competition. CWO Chetwyn certainly made her mark on the event. She was named as the Top Air Cadet in the Cadet 100 competition and Top Air Cadet in the Grand Aggregate. She also came 1st in the individual 600 yard competition, 2nd overall in the Cadet 100 competition and 3rd in the grand aggregate.
Other cadets who won trophies included Cadet Corporal James Thompstone who came 1st in the Air Gunners match. Cadet Corporal Holly Gedney, a Bisley novice, came 1st place in the Air Gunners Open competition and was awarded the Peter Ellis Trophy.
The shooting team from 126 Squadron proved again this year that they are a force to be reckoned with. Yet again, their skill, discipline and devotion to training shone though in their outstanding results. Officer Commanding 126 Squadron, Squadron Leader Ian Marshall said, “As always, the shooting team have excelled in a national competition. It was nice this year to see some younger cadets like Cpl Gedney winning major shooting trophies and awards. Our shooting team coaches, Adult Sgt Ben Hirst and Adult Sgt Helen Southall continue to train the cadets to an unbelievable standard. I am very grateful for their hard work and dedication.”