Drip­ping in Gold

Or­léans Army Cadets dom­i­nate East­ern On­tario Cadet Ori­en­teer­ing

Orleans Star - - COMMUNITY NEWS - Cather­ine Kitts cather­ine.kitts@tc.tc Twit­ter @catkitts

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.

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