Shoreham air cadets taste track and field success

The 1440 (Shoreham) Squadron Air Cadets with their medal haul

The 1440 (Shoreham) Squadron Air Cadets with their medal haul

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A CLUTCH of medals was the prize for the athletics team from 1440 (Shoreham) Squadron Air Cadets at the Sussex Wing Inter-Squadron annual athletics competition.

Cadets aged between 12 and 17 years-old, and from a variety of athletic backgrounds, gave it their all and came away with 11 medals in total at the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley on May 17.

I’m really proud of the team – they worked well together and were extremely dedicated.

Flight Lieutenant Rich Sage

The haul included two gold, six silver and three bronze medals. The squadron’s junior girls and intermediate boys teams placed 2nd and 3rd overall.

Cadet Corporal Lenny Weaver, 16, achieved gold in both the 800m and 1500m track events.

He said: “They were both good races, and everyone did really well. I’m just happy that I came first.”

Team manager, Cadet Flight Sergeant William Bruce, was ‘extremely proud’ of his team’s efforts.

He said: “We brought a very determined team – everyone gave 100 per cent and it showed, with strong finishes and medals in both track and field events across the age groups.

“They did a fantastic job. Everyone enjoyed the day and built an even closer camaraderie than the team had before. We are already looking forward to next year’s competition.”

The event is held annually, and around 350 cadets descended on the leisure centre to take part in both track and field events.

Winners of individual events competed against other cadets from across London and the South East of England yesterday.

Corporal Weaver won the 800m and 1500m events again and will now represent the South East in a national competition.

The Commanding Officer of the Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Rich Sage, said: “We had cadets competing who have only been with the Squadron for six weeks or so, and they came away with medals, which was a great first external squadron event for them.

“I’m really proud of the team – they worked well together and were extremely dedicated.”

The squadron is run entirely by adult volunteers. They are keen to recruit both new cadets from school year eight onwards who are interested in joining, and adult volunteers able to assist the running of the squadron.

The squadron can be contacted via 01273 464382 or 1440@aircadets.org

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