Dripping in Gold
Orléans Army Cadets dominate Eastern Ontario Cadet Orienteering
Over 230 Sea, Army and Air cadets from as far east as Cornwall and as far west as Pickering, gathered on Saturday, Oct. 19, for the Eastern Ontario Cadet Orienteering Championship at the Gould Lake Conservation Area north of Kingston. But among the hundreds of participants, it was the Orléans Army Cadets that topped the podium.
"It is great to see the Cadets from the Corps embrace this sport the way they do," said Captain Cindy McKee, one of the Corps’ Orienteering Coaches. "This sport is not just running around in the woods, it is really cerebral and our cadets just seem to love the challenge and knowing that they are mastering a skill."
The day’s events included two races; a team event called a ‘Score Course’ and then an individual race called a ‘Line Course’. In the Score Course, 44 male teams of three and 33 female teams raced to find as many of the ‘controls’ or markers that are shown on their maps as they could in a 60 minute time period. Despite almost ideal weather conditions, the terrain was challenging and the area they were probing was about five square kilometres.
The Line Course had the Cadets race point to point, in a numbered order, to find a series of controls in a timed race.
"The Cadets got a real boost a few years ago when Rob Mews donated the funds the Corps needed to purchase some of the training items we had on our wish list," continued McKee. "The Cadet program is a really important part of the community and it was awesome that community leaders like Myers help us out."
In the Score Race, both of the entries from the Orléans Army Cadets came in first place. The Male team, comprised of Marc-Andre Binette, Robert Haddow and Arthur Smith-Windsor, was one of two teams to find all of the controls. They did it in a mere 44 minutes to capture the Gold. The Female Team, made up of Allison Bousquet, Tiauna White and new-comer Jasmine Guy, took Gold for the 3rd consecutive year.
The Line course saw Orléans’ Allison Bousquet win Gold in the Intermediate category with Tiauna White taking the Bronze. Marc-Andre Binette garnered a Bronze in the Intermediate male race. Championship that will take place Nov. 2 and 3 at the Glen Haffey Conservation Centre, n near Alliston, ON.
The Orléans Army Cadets is partnership between the Department of National Defence and The Army Cadet League of Canada.