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February 7th 2017

Jade’s journey – From pupil to teacher

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Petty Officer Cadet Jade Rickard

Being a Sea Cadet provides plenty of opportunities to get on the water – and one 17-year-old from Northampton is taking it even further by inspiring others to get afloat.

Petty Officer Cadet Jade Rickard joined Northampton Sea Cadets aged 11 as part of the Royal Yachting Association’s (RYA) OnBoard project which aims to introduce sailing and windsurfing as a sport to young people aged eight to 18.

Each summer since 2009 the squad has worked with Weston Favell and Standens Barn primary schools as part of OnBoard, teaching youngsters the basics of being on the water.

Jade was among the first group from Weston Favell to take part in the scheme.

Eight years later she is now a qualified dinghy instructor and is the lead instructor for Northampton Sea Cadets helping inspire youngsters to take up the sport like she was inspired herself.

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Thanks to the Sea Cadets and OnBoard, Jade’s been able to build up qualifications and leadership skills as part of the volunteering work which will look impressive on her CV when she looks to enter the world of employment.

She’s also gone on to compete at a national level in sailing, having won the Eastern Area Sea Cadet regional sailing competition in 2015.

Chris Read, Lieutenant of Northampton Sea Cadets, said: “I am very, very proud of Jade and her achievements and it’s been brilliant to see her develop her sailing over the last eight years.

“Each year we take 15 young people and introduce them to sailing by making it very affordable for them.

“It’s about getting youngsters interested in a sport that otherwise they would never have the chance of taking part in as it can be expensive.

“”We have always used young people to lead OnBoard as this develops skills in our young people around peer education.

“Jade has to think hard to run sessions on the restricted flowing water of the River Nene, it is not the standard lake-based environment.”

Jade has spoken to the RYA about her tips for instructing others, which you can read here.

"I am very, very proud of Jade and her achievements and it's been brilliant to see her develop her sailing over the last eight years."