High Flying Air Cadets from Nuneaton have recently had their personal achievements recognised during their Annual Awards Ceremony at the Nuneaton Old Edwardians Rugby Football Club
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 the various guests to present the cadet awards in the following categories:-
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 Cdt Paige Eaves
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 Cdt Hollie Farmer.
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 Cpl Atlanta Curless and the Winner of The male Cadet Sporting achiever was Cdt Matthew Waudby.
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 Cdt Robert Ormston.
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 Cdt Shaun Hadley.
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 Cdt Daniel Humpage
Outdoor Leadership Award - This new award, donated by Outdoor Commando Fitness, is awarded to the cadet who has demonstrated outstanding leadership potential during the Squadron's adventurous training activities. The Outdoor Leadership Award was presented to Flight Sergeant Matthew Carrington
Alf Perry Memorial Trophy - A new Award introduced for 2015 following the sad passing of Alf Perry one of the Squadrons most ardent Civilian Committee fund raisers. The Alf Perry Memorial Trophy has been commissioned as an award to recognise the fund raising efforts of the cadet selected by the Civilian Committee who has shown the most consistent support for fund raising for the Squadron and other charitable organisations. The Alf Perry Memorial Trophy was awarded to Cdt Matthew Waudby
Following the presentation of the main Squadron Trophies, cadets and staff were presented with a range of training certificates and the Commanding Officer also announced several promotions all of which will be the subject of separate articles.
The formal presentations were followed by a Disco, which had been organised by the Squadron's Civilian Instructors as a big thank-you to the cadets for all their hard work over the previous year.
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