St John cadets keen to com­pete

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By LIBBY KIS­SICK

Re­gional se­lec­tions for the 2012 National St John Youth Cadet Com­pe­ti­tions took place in Ohakune.

A group of four se­nior cadets from Toko­roa’s youth divi­sion and a Pu­taruru se­nior cadet com­peted to rep­re­sent the Cen­tral Re­gion.

Kae­tyn Grace, Valeska Mar­tis, Robyn Phayer (all aged 13), Jor­dyn Whangapirita, 14, and Pu­taruru’s 15-year-old Ryan Watkin com­peted for places in the four teams, in­di­vid­ual se­lec­tion and four emer­gency groups to head to Queen­stown next year.

As well as in­ter­views, a panel of se­lec­tors as­sessed the cadets on their skills in drill pro­ce­dures and first aid sce­nar­ios.

South Waikato Area youth man­ager Ngaire Hew­son said the na­tion­als were con­sid­ered one of the high­est lev­els of rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the youth pro­gramme.

‘‘The national youth com­pe­ti­tion and fes­ti­val is the ul­ti­mate level of com­pe­ti­tion, ca­ma­raderie and friend­ship, and we want to be part of it,’’ Ms Hew­son said.

Team places are to be named this Fri­day.

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