Cadet squadrons hosting regional competitions
Air Cadet Max Sullivan takes aim during Sports night at the Amherst Amouries. Sullivan and the rest of his squadron will host a regional, six-squadron competition next weekend. The Amherst Sea Cadet corps will host a regional competition of their own two weeks later. Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
AMHERST - Two local cadet squadrons have the honour this year of hosting their respective regional sports and drill competitions.
Capt. Maralyn Ralph of the 154 Amherst Anson Air Cadet Squadron said the air cadets are hosting the competition the first weekend of February.
"There will be six squadrons including the Amherst squadron, with about 170 cadets plus staff," said Ralph.
Along with the Amherst squadron, those participating include 689 Parrsboro, 77 Truro, 569 Brookfield, 596 Tatamagouche and 652 Milford.
Participants will start arriving the morning of Saturday, Feb. 6.
During the weekend, the cadets will participate in sports activities such as basketball, volleyball, swimming, and bowling, and will also show off their skills in two different drill competitions - precision and practical.
"It's really just a fun weekend for the cadets and they get to see all their old friends," Ralph said.
Those who do well in the regional competition will then head onto the provincial competition in Halifax.
Two weeks following the air cadet competition, the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps 258 Amherst will host a regional competition with five other sea cadet corps present.
The events of the sea cadet competition are similar to those of the air cadets, with a drill competition, along with seamanship and sporting events.
Both will also feature a movie night and social time.
"This competition will be a great opportunity for the cadets to strut their stuff and show off the various skills they have learned and apply them in a competitive manner," said ASLt John Brannen.