High Flying Air Cadets from Nuneaton have recently had their personal achievements recognised during their Annual Awards Ceremony attended by Wing Commander Pravin Ladwa, Officer Commanding Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing.
During his opening address, Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks, Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron said, “ We are delighted that so many parents, family members and friends of the Squadron are able to join us tonight”.
"Over the past 12 months our cadets have been taking part in a wide range of Air Cadet activities, which have resulted in some notable successes and achievements by individual cadets and the Squadron as a whole”.
"The Squadron also continues to play an active part within the local community especially at civic events and with its support for ex-service organisations such as the RAFA, the RBL and the Veterans Contact Point and I am delighted that representatives from these organisations have been able to join us tonight”.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Squadron Staff and the Civilian Committee members without whom none of this would be possible. I would also like to thank those people who have given up their valuable time to help with driving the Squadron minibus, thus enabling the Squadron to fulfil its operational commitments”.
"Tonight however is first and foremost a celebration of the efforts and achievements of our cadets, not just those receiving awards this evening, but every single one of you”.
"And to those of you, who do not get called out tonight, please don't be disappointed, use the example of those receiving awards as inspiration for what you yourselves could achieve in the future”.
Then it was over to Mr Len Hardy, the Squadron's Civilian Committee Chairman who acted as master of ceremonies to announce the award categories and winners. Len explained that the Air Cadet Awards Ceremony was being held in order to recognise the work and achievements of cadets and staff both in their personal development and in support of the local community. He said, “Every member of the Squadron should be justly proud of their own efforts over the past year and it has been difficult to pick the winners of the awards being given out tonight.”
Mr Hardy then invited Wing Commander Pravin Ladwa to present the cadet awards in the following categories:-
The Cadet Mentoring Award - Mentoring is an important part of any senior cadets role on the Squadron and it allows them to use their experience to support and help younger cadets who may be struggling or less confident to develop their full potential and get the most out of their time with the Air Cadets. It's a buddy who is always there and always has time for you no matter what the circumstances. Cadet Amy Bloxham who won the Cadet Mentoring Award has shown these qualities in abundance.
The Music Award - This award goes to the cadet who has shown outstanding musical prowess. The award, donated by Student Music Supplies, was presented to Cadet Sergeant Justin Allan.
Cadet Sporting Achiever - This award goes to both the Male and Female cadets who have demonstrated the most outstanding commitment and sporting achievement at Squadron, Wing and Regional level. The Winner of The female Cadet Sporting achiever was Cadet Sergeant Sarah Painter and the Winner of The male Cadet Sporting achiever was Cadet Michael Griffiths.
Best Cadet - This award is given to the cadet who has been nominated by the Staff as being the cadet who has consistently shown and demonstrated outstanding commitment and achievement across all areas of Air Cadet Training and Community involvement. The Best Cadet Award was presented to Cadet Corporal William Mott
Cadets Cadet - This award is different from that of the best cadet in that it is the award given to the cadet that has been nominated by their peers – fellow cadets. The Cadets Cadet Award was presented to Cadet Breanne Richter.
Cadet Drill & Turnout Award - This award recognises the cadet who has shown military bearing and excellence in their drill and turnout over the year. The Cadet Drill & Turnout Award, donated by the Bedworth Branch of The Parachute Regiment Association was presented to Cadet Corporal Matthew Carrington by Mr Alf Perry.
The Most Improved Cadet - This award goes to the cadet who has shown the most improvement across all activities. The Ubique Partnerships Ltd Award, was presented to Cadet Ryan Stain by Mr Manny Sandhu of Ubique Partnerships Ltd.
The formal presentations were followed by a Disco, which had been organised by the Squadrons Civilian Committee as a big thank-you to the cadets for all their hard work over the previous year.