October 3rd 2013

Females sports personality of the year for Air Cadet

Cadet Warrant Officer (CWO) Joy Wakeling (18) of 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC) has recently returned from a 2 week trip to Canada through the International Air Cadet Exchange Scheme (IACE) and has been awarded the title of the Best Female Sports Cadet of the Year 2012/2013 for her achievements and dedication to Sport over the last 12 months.

CWO%20Wakeling%20Sports%20TrophyThis year continuous to be a very successful one for CWO Wakeling as she was initially awarded with a place on the IACE scheme, promoted to the highest rank a cadet within the Air Cadets can achieve, Cadet Warrant Officer and now to top it all, be named the Best Female Sporting Cadet of the year. Which has seen her beat off stiff competition from other top sporting cadets from around the South and East Midlands Area which covers: Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.
Upon hearing of the news, CWO Wakeling (18) said: “ Sport in the Air Cadets has always been one of my favirote subjects with Hockey, Cross Country and Athletics being the ones I have had my most recent successes in. I feel honoured to have achieved such an award and shows that four years of hard work and dedication to something I enjoy so much has paidoff. I am looking forward to passing on my experiences in Sport in the Air Cadets to those cadets who are younger than myself.”
Since September 2012, CWO Wakeling has excelled in a varierty of different sports competitions throughout the year, including Swimming, Hockey, Cross Country and Athletics and as a result has been able to progress in such competitions to represent the South and East Midlands area at Region level, competing in a Hockey competition against other female cadet hockey teams from as far as Norfolk and Suffolk, Buckinghamshire and Buckinghamshire.
Getting into sport in the Air Cadets is fun and cadets have the oppurtunity to take part in certain aspects of a sport which may be completely new to them, for example high jump during an athletics competition. Sport in the air cadets can also help to take cadets out of their comfort zone and build new friendships, and more importantly encourage young people to learn how to use your strengths to best effect in a team.
1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron opens its doors four times a year to prospective new cadets, male and female aged between 13 – 17 years.
For more information on joining the air cadet organisation in your area, please contact the Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant Alyn Thompson at or by phone on (01283) 212629