Navy cadet re­ceives top hon­our

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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