Air Cadet Thomas Goodyear is celebrating after receiving his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. Seventeen year old Thomas who is a Cadet Corporal with 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron Air Training Corps has spent several years working his way up through the different levels of the award from Bronze through Silver and has now finally achieved the coveted Gold Award.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a scheme for young people to challenge themselves and test their teamwork, perseverance and confidence. There are three levels of the award to complete; Bronze, Silver, and finally, Gold.
To qualify for the Gold Award Cpl Goodyear completed a four day expedition journeying 50 miles on foot in Snowdonia, he also attended a one week residential parachute training course at RAF Weston on the Green. Thomas said, “The expedition in Snowdonia was tough but for me the most daunting thing I did was the parachute jump, I'm still wondering what incensed me to volunteer to Jump out of a perfectly serviceable aircraft for no apparent reason.”
Thomas also spent time helping to train many of his Squadron's younger cadets as part of the Service section of the award, represented both his school and the Squadron football teams in the sports section and played in the Squadron band to improve his musical skills.
Cpl Thomas Goodyear said, “The Duke of Edinburgh Gold award requires a lot of commitment, willpower and determination to complete. It is more than worth it just for the fantastic chance to do some really worthwhile things that most people just never get the opportunity to do."
" It isn't for everyone, but if you're unsure, have a go at Bronze, and work your way up like I did. For me, doing the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award was an amazing experience, and an award to be proud of.”
On presenting Thomas with his Gold uniform badge, Flt Lt Ian Crewe Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron said, “The Duke of Edinburgh Award is highly respected by employers and universities, particularly at Gold level. It really demonstrates commitment and gives a bit of an edge to any young persons CV and it also gives a massive boost to the grade that Air Cadets can achieve in their BTEC First Diploma in Public Services."
" We are all extremely proud of Cpl Goodyear's achievement and I hope that his success will inspire our other Silver award holders to go for Gold.”