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July 1st 2015

Air Cadet: “A bit of healthy competition doesn’t hurt”

A Derby Air Cadet has returned from her trip to South Africa where she competed with the Great Britain Under 19s Rifle Team.

Cadet Warrant Officer Esmee Marsh, aged 19, who is part of 126 (City of Derby) Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC), told of how she was in disbelief after being selected to compete in South Africa, where she was able to take part in both team and individual shooting competitions.

The competition saw a team of eight young people from across the UK compete against the South Africa Junior Team at their annual target rifle meeting, as well as against fellow team members.

Esmee, who was the only participant from 126 Squadron, said: “I first began shooting when I was 14-years-old, and enjoy shooting with my squadron. Being selected to be part of such a prestigious team is a great honour and I was ready for the challenge of the competition in South Africa.

“We took part in individual competitions throughout the week, and on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons we all came together to compete in team matches. Joining a team means that there is always a lot of camaraderie and team spirit. It is great to compete with and against my fellow team mates and a bit of healthy competition doesn’t hurt!”

Esmee explained that the team also had the chance to take part in activities outside of the competition, including white water rafting, zip wiring, and team building activities.

She added: “Taking part in tasks separate from the event helped us to build our group spirit for the team competition. As a Cadet you have the chance to get involved in a range of different activities, including adventure training, Duke of Edinburgh, as well as gaining qualifications like BTEC’s.

Esmee, who has previously competed in national Cadet shooting competitions, was awarded 2nd place in the Free State Women’s Short Range Shoot during the three-week competition and added that several team members were also awarded individual medals.

She explained: “I really enjoyed my time in South Africa for the competition, and hope to continue with my shooting hobby when I leave the Cadet Force. Some of my team members were also Cadets and it was a really good experience to meet and share our experiences in the ATC.

“Joining the Cadet Force means that you make new friends and are able to travel to and take part in activities that you might not otherwise have been able to. I would encourage anyone to join the ATC as a Cadet or an adult volunteer as there is always something to get involved in and the chance to develop yourself as a person.”

To find out more about joining the ATC, visit: www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets

“I first began shooting when I was 14-years-old, and enjoy shooting with my squadron. Being selected to be part of such a prestigious team is a great honour and I was ready for the challenge of the competition in South Africa.