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A Night of Awards for Nuneaton Air cadets

High Flying Air Cadets from Nuneaton have recently had their personal achievements recognised during their Annual Awards Ceremony at the Coton Sports & Social 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”.

"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. 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”.

Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks then went on to announce the award categories and winners. He 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.”

The main Cadet awards in the following categories were:-

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 Cpl Shaun Hadley.

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 Bohdan Mandziuk.

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 male Cadet Sporting achiever was Sgt Ronan Dykes and the Winner of The female Cadet Sporting achiever was Cdt Faith Hughes.

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 Cpl Paige Eaves.

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 Cpl 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 Thomas Percival.

Outdoor Leadership Award - This 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 Cdt Faith Hughes.

Alf Perry Memorial Trophy - An Award introduced in 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 Cpl Matthew Waudby.

Following the presentation of the main Squadron Trophies, cadets and staff were presented with a range of training certificates.

The formal presentations were followed by an outstanding display by the Squadron’s Percussion section and Banner Drill team, both of which had performed in competition at the resent Wing Field Day.

Once the ceremonial displays had been completed everyone tucked into the buffet and let their hair down for the 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.

Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks, Officer Commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron said, “I would take this opportunity to extend a massive thank you to everyone who came along the join us for the Squadron's presentation evening. It was so good to have so many parents and friends there to see the cadets receive their Awards and Certificates".

"All the cadets did themselves and their Squadron proud. The drummers and banner party both put on an outstanding performances. If anyone caught any of the displays or the disco antics afterword’s on video (especially those of the staff) could you please let us have a copy”.

“Special thanks must also go out to the members of the Civilian Committee for putting on a magnificent buffet and to the squadron staff without whom the evening would not have been possible.”

“Yet another successful event for 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron”.

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