August 19th 2013

Derbyshire Cadets score silver in Tug of War championship

Three young people from Derbyshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) joined the England Tug of War team earlier this month, thanks to their hard work and sheer determination, and took home a silver medal.

The three Cadets, Jacob Preston, aged 16, Joe Sharratt, aged 16 years, and Luke Varley, aged 15 years, were selected to represent the Tug of War Association’s full England under 18 years team at the UK Championships after pulling their way to victory in a previous ACF national Tug of War Championship that happened in York earlier in 2013. Overall, Derbyshire ACF came second in the teams pulling on the day.
The Cadets started training in April this year and have increased their efforts as the championships have drawn closer.
Sgt Peter Zapoticznyj, was one of the adult volunteers accompanying the Cadets on their visit to Scotland, he said: “Each of the young people involved in the competition felt honoured to be involved in such a high level event. The excitement grew among the Cadets as we drove towards where the event was being held, as well as the individuals’ determination to succeed. Derbyshire ACF is really proud of the Cadets for taking part and is pleased with their finishing position.”
Simon Worsley, Deputy Chief Executive and Head of Cadets and Youth at East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) said: “Representing England at the UK Championships is something the Cadets should be incredibly proud of. All three of the Cadets pulled to the best of their ability on the day, supported by the adult volunteers of Derbyshire ACF, thanks to the training hours they had put in beforehand. Sports are an important element of the Cadet experience so an achievement such as this is something the Cadets will remember for a long time.”
The event took place in Perth, Scotland, on Saturday 10 August.