Cadets from the Berkshire units of Thames Valley Wing showed their ability to the full by winning every award at a recent target shooting competition held at Brock Barracks in Reading.
The Inter-Services and Nowell Cup competitions, organised by the Joint Services Cadet Committee for Berkshire, are held annually with teams from the Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps competing using small bore target rifles.
The Nowell Cup team, led by Cadet Sergeant Chris Goodrich, comprised of four firers from 2499 (Wokingham) Squadron, while the Inter-Services team was made up of the top six firers from each service. The 2499 Squadron team has represented the ATC in the Nowell Cup competition for a number of years and retained the Cup for the fifth year in a row with Cadet Corporal Susanna Race winning the best shot award.
The Inter-Services competition team, which was made up from cadets from 211 (Newbury) Squadron, 1996 (Earley) Squadron and 2499 (Wokingham) Squadron retained the trophy for the third year. Cadet Kristine Weeks from 1996 Squadron won the best shot for the Inter-Services competition. Corporal Race from 2499 Squadron also won the best overall shot award for the day by gaining the highest average scores across both competitions.
Squadron Leader Chris Beardsley, Thames Valley Wing’s Shooting Officer, said of the team’s successes “A superb result, the hard work and commitment from both the cadets and staff has been rewarded in full. Great work!”
Thames Valley Wing is now training to compete in a number of other shooting competitions throughout the forthcoming year as well as for their ultimate goal of retaining both trophies again next year.