March 13th 2014


A Nottinghamshire based Cadet is set to travel to Canada to take part in a national rifle competition.

Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Connor Truman, aged 18 years, will travel to Canada this summer as part of the British Cadet Rifle Team, otherwise known as The Athelings, to experience the Canadian Tour 2014.

Connor lives in Arnold with his family, and has been a member of Nottinghamshire Army Cadet Force’s (ACF) Blidworth Detachment since 2009.

During the last four years, Connor has had the opportunity to perfect his shooting skills and take part in many rifle competitions both for his county and country.

Connor said: “I am the only Cadet attending the Canadian competition from the East Midlands this year. I enjoy everything about being a Cadet, although my favourite part is the field-craft training I have received so I’m happy that my experience gained to date has secured me a place.

“I was selected to go to Canada through a pre-atheling weekend that was jam-packed with training and different shooting techniques. Through this weekend I gained a better understanding of my own shooting as well as the tour to Canada and what will be expected of each individual team member.”

The Canadian competition is a part of the annual cadet exchange programme with Canada, in which a British team is made up of 3 Officers and 18 Cadets from the Combined Cadet Force (CCF), Sea Cadet Corps (SCC), ACF and Air Training Corps (ATC).

The British team will join their counterparts from overseas to take part in the Cadet Full-bore Competitions and the Meeting of the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association (DCRA) at the Connaught Ranges, Ottawa.

The British team will compete against a team of Royal Canadian Army Cadets for the Michael Faraday Cup.

Connor continued:  “Competitions are something I enjoy being involved in. So far I have competed in many Nottinghamshire ACF county competitions including CADSAAM and the Inter-service Cadet Rifle Meeting as well as previously travelling to Canada as part of the ACF’s exchange to Canada programme that allowed me to take part in the National Cadet Full Bore Championship in 2012. More recently I also travelled to the Channel Islands as part of the UK Cadet Rifle team too.

“I’m looking forward to working with other Cadets from the CCF, SCC, ACF and ATC and trying to achieve the best results we can for Britain!”

The event will take place from 28 July to 31 August in Canada.