Local Army Cadet Corps Awarded Top Three Finishes at Competitions
The local army cadet corps competed in two different events recently resulting in medals and top awards for several cadets and teams.
This past weekend, the 155 Air & 2310 Army Combined Pipes & Drums Band competed in the Regional Band Competition at the Canadian Forces Base Borden just outside of Barrie. The dedication and months of hard work paid off resulting in a second place finish. They were just 2 points away from securing gold. We are also thrilled that three of the pipers, Ethan Bowman, Sean Newman, and Tyler Duncan were selected to participate in the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo which is a week-long event is held every year in Nova Scotia. This is a great opportunity for these young pipers!
Results were also received for the DCRA Postal Shoot. The Dominion of Canada rifle Association winter postal program is a national postal competition in which the cadets compete against other cadet corps from all across Canada.
In the 1.3 team prone match we had 2 teams compete and had a third place finish with a score of 1506 out of 1600. MCpl Elyce Bowman led the team as the top shot. The team consisted of CWO Cassandra Breckenridge, MWO Gracie Assiginack, MWO Simon Beckett, MCpl Elyce Bowman, and WO Ethan Bowman. The cadets also competed in the 1.8 Match Youth of the Commonwealth. The top 8 competitors combine for a team score which is ranked against the cadets from across Canada. The top 3 teams then advance to phase 2 where they competed against teams of 8 from across the commonwealth. The team from 2310 also finished 3rd in phase 1 and also finished 3rd in phase 2.
Lastly, the cadets participated in Match 1.9 which is individual Standing position. We had 4 competitors participate in this competition. MCpl Elyce Bowman achieved the Gold Medal for her results and MWO Simon Beckett achieved the Silver Medal for his score. These results were also against cadets nationally.
The cadets devoted themselves to a strong marksmanship program with dedicated practices twice a week for 3 hours. The hard work and dedication of the cadets has really paid off. Coach Capt. Marc Cyr has been coaching marksmanship in the cadet program for the last 6 years and has never had a team achieve so many medals and top 3 finishes as a coach.
He says, “The team gels along really well together, and really helps supports each other to become better competitors. Some marksmen have been doing marksmanship for many years and they are always quick to share their knowledge with the more junior cadets.”
The 2310 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps is a FREE program open to boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18. Training is Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. at the Sault Armoury (1 Garrison Way). New recruits are welcome to attend any Monday night.