Navy cadet receives top honour
WHITSUNDAY Navy Cadet Hope Byers has been presented with the Cadet of the Year award by the Airlie Beach/Whitsunday RSL Sub Branch.
The award is the highest honour and presented to the cadet who demonstrates leadership, teamwork, seamanship and has confidence on the water and in the community.
Hope followed in her brother’s footsteps when she joined the Whitsunday Navy Cadets 18 months ago.
She said winning the award was a total suprise.
“It has been a fun and challenging experience so far and I have really enjoyed go- ing sailing and kayaking throughout the year,” the 13-year-old said.
“It is really nice to be recognised in this way - it is my first trophy ever.”
Chief petty officer Martin Hart said Hope had blossomed since joining the cadets and was the perfect candidate for the award.
“It’s been amazing watching her selfconfidence and leadership skills grow and she is a great ambassador in the community,” he said.
The Whitsunday Navy Cadets is a youth development organisation based on the Navy and is open to boys and girls aged 1319 years.
Cadets enjoy weekly activities including sailing excursions and parades at the Whitsunday PCYC in the lead-up to monthly campouts where members take on kayaking, sailing and powerboating.
Chief petty officer Hart said a new shooting program would be launched next year.
“We have 22 rifles and cadets who have been members for a minimum of six months could have the opportunity to learn how to use a fire arm in a highly controlled program,” he said.
Recruitment for new cadets and staff will open in early February next year.
For more information contact, 0402 479 783.
STANDING PROUD: Whitsunday Navy Cadets Chief Petty Officer Martin Hart, Commanding Officer Sub Lieutenant James Lang, Cadet of the Year award winner Hope Byers, RSL president Terry Brown and vice president Bill Rose at the Reef Gateway Hotel last week.