Lo­cal cadets make their mark

Bay Roberts, Pla­cen­tia and Vic­to­ria take top spots in marks­man­ship com­pe­ti­tion

The Compass - - NEWS - — Sub­mit­ted by Lieut. Wayne Power

The 2558 Pla­cen­tia Royal Cana­dian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) re­cently hosted the Avalon West Re­gional Com­pe­ti­tion of the 2014 Cana­dian Cadet Move­ment Marks­man­ship Cham­pi­onship Se­ries at St. Anne’s Academy in Pla­cen­tia March 15.

Join­ing the home team for the com­pe­ti­tion were army cadets from 2584 Whit­bourne, 2615 Lions from Vic­to­ria and 2372 Avalon North from Bay Roberts, as well as sea cadets from 295 Bac­calieu in Old Per­li­can and 209 Great East­ern in Dildo. The sin­gle air cadet squadron was 589 from Car­bon­ear.

The cham­pi­onship con­sisted of a full day of com­pet­i­tive marks­man­ship con­sist­ing of a mix­ture of prone po­si­tion ( ly­ing on stomach) and stand-up shoot­ing matches. At the end of the day Avalon North placed first over­all, fol­lowed by Pla­cen­tia in sec­ond place and the Vic­to­ria Lions rounded out the Top-3.

In in­di­vid­ual rank­ings, Mas­ter Cpl. Julie Ka­vanagh of Avalon North placed first over­all in the ju­nior cat­e­gory, which in­cluded all shoot­ers un­der 15. Sec­ond was Pla­cen­tia Cpl. Shane Walsh, and Cpl. Terra Wad­man took third.

In the open cat­e­gory, War­rant Of­fi­cer Re­becca Power of Avalon North placed first in the cham­pi­onship. War­rant Of­fi­cer Kurk­lyn Hef­ford and War­rant Of­fi­cer Tay­lor Hutch­ings rounded out the rank­ings in sec­ond and third, re­spec­tively.

The mem­bers of the first place team from Avalon North in­cluded Chief War­rant Of­fi­cer Tay­lor Hutch­ings, War­rant Of­fi­cers Joseph Hutch­ings and Re­becca Power, and Mas­ter Cpl. Alyssa Clarke and Mas­ter Cpl. Julie Ka­vanagh.

Sgt. David Quilty, Mas­ter Cpl. TJ Schu­mann and Cpl. Shane Walsh, Cpl. Terra Wad­man and Cpl. Han­nah King made up the sec­ond place team from Pla­cen­tia.

The third place team from Vic­to­ria con­sisted of War­rant Of­fi­cer Kurk­lyn Hef­ford, Mas­ter Cpl. Fran­cis Fin­layson and Mas­ter Cpl. Nigel Greene, Cpl. Brook­lyn Ken­nel and Lance-Cpl Macken­zie Pen­ney.

The Cadet Marks­man­ship Pro­gram has been specif­i­cally de­signed for youth and is based on Olympic­style com­pe­ti­tion. It al­lows cadets to be­come fa­mil­iar and skilled in the use of the Daisy 853C air ri­fle. Com­pe­ti­tions such as these help the cadets im­prove their skill level and en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion in marks­man­ship. The re­sults of the re­gional com­pe­ti­tions held across the prov­ince will help de­ter­mine the slate of com­peti­tors for the provin­cial cham­pi­onship sched­uled for later this spring in St. John’s.

The cadet marks­man­ship pro­gram in Pla­cen­tia is sup­ported by the Royal Cana­dian Legion Branch 33, which pro­vides space at their fa­cil­ity for cadets to train on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

The 2372 Avalon North Royal Cana­dian Army Cadet Corps of Bay Roberts took first place in the Avalon West re­gional com­pe­ti­tion of the 2014 Cana­dian Cadet move­ment marks­man­ship cham­pi­onship in Pla­cen­tia on March 15. They are, from left, Mas­ter Cpl. Alyssa Clarke, Mas­ter Cpl. Julie Ka­vanagh, War­rant Of­fi­cer Joey Hutch­ings, Chief War­rant Of­fi­cer Tay­lor Hutch­ings and War­rant Of­fi­cer Re­becca Power.

Home team 2558 Pla­cen­tia army cadets pulled out a sec­ond place fin­ish in the marks­man­ship champs at St. Anne’s Academy in Dunville. They are, from left, Sgt. David Quilty, Mas­ter Cpl. TJ Schu­mann, Cpl. Shane Walsh, Cpl. Terra Wad­man, Cpl. Han­nah King and Mas­ter Cpl. TJ Schu­mann.

The 2615 Vic­to­ria Lions took home the third place in the an­nual marks­man­ship cham­pi­onships held March 15. They are, from left, Mas­ter Cpl. Nigel Greene, Mas­ter Cpl. Frankie Fin­layson, Cpl. Brook­lyn Ken­nell, War­rant Of­fi­cer Kurk­lyn Hef­ford and Lance-Cpl. Macken­zie Pen­ney

Cpl. Terra Wad­man, an army cadet from Pla­cen­tia, takes aim and pre­pares to fire dur­ing the stand­ing match at the 2014 Avalon West Cadet Marks­man­ship Com­pe­ti­tion.

Mas­ter Cpl. TJ Schu­mann of 2558 Pla­cen­tia was one of the 35 com­peti­tors from the Avalon West re­gion to par­tic­i­pate in the an­nual cadet marks­man­ship cham­pi­onship.

Sub­mit­ted pho­tos

Seven teams rep­re­sent­ing cadet units from Old Per­li­can to Pla­cen­tia par­tic­i­pated in the Avalon West Com­pe­ti­tion of the 2014 Cana­dian Cadet Move­ment Marks­man­ship Cham­pi­onship Se­ries held re­cently at St. Anne’s Academy in Pla­cen­tia.

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