Team wins global event
It is shaping up to be a successful year for St John’s youth cadets.
The New Zealand team won the International Cadet Competition held in Sydney on January 6 and has been awarded the Commonwealth Cadet Shield.
Royal Oak resident Ollie Hauke, 16, was part of the fourmember national team.
The global event involves teams competing in various emergency drills and scenarios designed to test their clinical skills, team work, patient care, communication, and problem solving abilities.
It’s the first time New Zealand has won overseas.
Ollie has been a cadet for three years. The Auckland Grammar School student featured in the Central Leader in March when he was preparing to compete at the St John National Youth Festival at Eden Park.
The teen says he enjoys being tested on medical scenarios. He’s most confident with bloody wounds, broken bones, and burns. But CPR isn’t a favourite.
‘‘I can handle it but it’s one of those things you hope you never have to do.’’
Ollie’s team came first in pairs CPR, pairs trauma and the individual drill events at the international competition. It also took second place for team nursing and third in public relations to take out the overall championship title.
The competition is held every four years and brings together 450 young people and leaders from St John Priories and Associations from countries including Canada, England, Wales, South Africa, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, and Sri Lanka.
The next event will be held in Hong Kong in 2016.
Top care: Ollie Hauke’s team has taken out the top prizes at St John’s international cadet competition.