Local cadets make their mark

Bay Roberts, Placentia and Victoria take top spots in marksmanship competition

Published on April 3, 2014

The 2558 Placentia Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) recently hosted the Avalon West Regional Competition of the 2014 Canadian Cadet Movement Marksmanship Championship Series at St. Anne's Academy in Placentia March 15.

Joining the home team for the competition were army cadets from 2584 Whitbourne, 2615 Lions from Victoria and 2372 Avalon North from Bay Roberts, as well as sea cadets from 295 Baccalieu from Old Perlican and 209 Great Eastern of Dildo. The single air cadet squadron were 589 from Carbonear.

The championship consisted of a full day of competitive marksmanship consisting of a mixture of prone position (lying on stomach) and stand up shooting matches. At the end of the day Avalon North placed first overall, followed by Placentia in second place and the Victoria Lions rounded out the Top-3.

In individual rankings, Master Cpl. Julie Kavanagh of Avalon North placed first overall in the junior category, which included all shooters under 15. Second was Placentia Corporal Shane Walsh, and Cpl. Terra Wadman took third.

In the open category, Warrant Officer Rebecca Power of Avalon North placed first in the championship. Warrant Officer Kurklyn Hefford and Warrant Officer Taylor Hutchings rounded out the rankings in second and third respectively.

The members of the first place team from Avalon North included Chief Warrant Officer Taylor Hutchings, Warrant Officers Joseph Hutchings and Rebecca Power, and Master Cpl. Alyssa Clarke and Master Cpl. Julie Kavanagh.

Sergeant David Quilty, Master Cpl. TJ Schumann and Cpl. Shane Walsh, Cpl. Terra Wadman and Cpl. Hannah King made up the second place team from Placentia.

The third place team from Victoria consisted of Warrant Officer Kurklyn Hefford, Master Cpl. Francis Finlayson and Master Cpl. Nigel Greene, Cpl. Brooklyn Kennel and Lance-Cpl Mackenzie Penney.

 The Cadet Marksmanship Program has been specifically designed for youth and is based on Olympic-style competition. It allows cadets to become familiar and skilled in the use of the Daisy 853C Air Rifle. Competitions such as these help the cadets improve their skill level and encourage participation in marksmanship. The results of the regional competitions held across the province will help determine the slate of competitors for the provincial championship scheduled for later this spring in St. John’s.

The cadet marksmanship program in Placentia is supported by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 33, which provides space at their facility for cadets to train on a regular basis.

— Submitted by Lieut. Wayne Power