Sea Cadets from Rickmansworth & Watford Sea Cadet Unit have won the coveted Elworthy Trophy, the country’s only tri-service cadet military skills competition (12 October). Colonel Mark Bryant DL, representing HM Lord Lieutenant for Greater London presented the Elworthy Trophy to the winning team. The ‘Runners Up’ prize went to 1034 Squadron Surbiton RAF Air Cadets.
Ten teams of eight Cadets from the four Cadet services within Greater London (Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps and Combined Cadet Force) battled it out during a rather rainy Autumn day at the annual event, held at the National Cadet Training Centre in Frimley, Surrey. The competition tests the basic skills of the teams of Cadets aged 12-18 years and combines these with general physical and mental agility. It is a challenging competition and is fiercely contested by all who enter.
The Cadets were put through their paces during the event and took part in a series of fun and demanding team activities including archery, command tasks, first aid, waterman ship skills and observation skills.
The Rickmansworth Sea Cadets demonstrated their expertise and teamwork by performing well across the board. Colonel Ian Denison OBE, Colonel Cadets London, who was instrumental in the planning and organisation of the event, enjoyed watching the teams of Cadets as they strove to succeed at each task. He said:
“This year’s contest was as competitive as ever with all the teams showing lots of enthusiasm and team spirit.” Colonel Denison also thanked the Management Committee and The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths for their continued support and sponsorship of the competition.
Throughout the competition, the Cadets were looked after by volunteer Officers and Adult Instructors who manage a broad programme of military and adventurous training activities designed to develop character and leadership.
Photo and PR credit:Michael Nolan