Cadets hit the mark

Cadets hit the mark

Photo by Capt Shirley Ho, Regional Cadet Support Unit (Pacific)

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~

They came, they saw and they hit their marks at Wurtele Arena.

Approximately 125 cadets, coaches and support staff from across Canada descended on CFB Esquimalt May 7 to 10 for the National Cadet Marksmanship Championship hosted by the Regional Cadet Support Unit (Pacific).

Cadets competed in five-person teams representing all 10 provinces, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, as well as a competition for top individual marksman and best aggregate scores.

British Columbia’s team included 13-year-old cadet Shauna Bae from Victoria’s 2483 PPCLI Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, and two teams from Surrey, including the national champions 907 RCACS.

Using Daisy 853C air rifles and shooting in both prone and standing positions, the competitors took part in 10 relays plus a rousing final elimination match on the concrete floor of the arena.

“The National Cadet Marksmanship Championship is the highest level of competition for us in a sport that teaches safety, focus, and stress-calming techniques as well as teamwork and leadership,” said Captain Cheryl Major, Regional Cadet Support Unit (Pacific).

During the week, cadets took time out for a tour of HMCS Regina, the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum, Fort Rodd Hill, and the Royal B.C. Museum. They also went for a ride on the new rescue boats of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets.

Regional Cadet Support Unit (Pacific) will host the National Marksmanship Championship again in 2019.

Top teams:
Gold: 907 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron (RCACS), Surrey, BC
Silver: 2820 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC), Lévis, QC
Bronze: 51 RCACS, Ottawa, ON

Individual Open:
Gold: Samantha Benjamin, 272 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps (RCSCC), Etobicoke, ON
Silver: Marie-Clara Delage, 2950 RCACC, Windsor, QC
Bronze: Teresa Liao, 907 RCACS, Surrey, BC

Individual Junior (Under 15): Gold: Anna Bélanger McGuire, 51 RCACS, Ottawa, ON
Silver: Shauna Bae-Trottier, 2483 RCACC, Victoria, BC
Bronze: Beatrice Khun Lee, 22 RCSCC, Calgary, AB


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