Team wins global event

Central Leader - - NEWS -

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.

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