Cadets wrap up drill and sports competition

Christopher Gooding
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AMHERST - Air cadets from across Northern Nova Scotia are resting at ease now that the annual drill and sports competition wrapped up this weekend.
Almost 100 cadets from the 689 Parrsboro, 77 Truro, 569 Brookfield, 596 Tatamagouche and 52 Milford joined the 154 Amherst Anson Air Cadet Squadron for the northern zone drill and sports competition at the community's drill hall.
Saturday was filled with sports, excursions into the community and a chance for cadets to trade stories and have fun. Sunday, however, put the cadets' discipline to the test with drill review.
Under the watchful eyes of Lt. Melissa Bullen, Capt. Cathy Lawrence and retired C.W.O. Arnold Leblanc, cadets put their best foot forward to impress the judges.
"When you stand back, you realize how good everyone looks," Amhers drill team commander Nikki Roberts, 16, said. "I'm really proud of how hard they worked."
Roberts is no newcomer to the drill and sports competition but this was her first year as commander for the 154 Amherst. Bringing her team together, she says, was an opportunity to foster leadership skills and give her a taste of what the responsibility was like for previous commanders.
"The younger cadets get frustrated with me when I get frustrated with them but it's taught me not everyone works the same," Roberts said.
"We have to work together to get things done."
Working together, cadets shined their shoes and meticulously inspected each other's uniforms. Ties were straightened and collars were corrected.
This camaraderie, Amherst air cadet Capt. Maralyn Ralph says, is an important element when hosting the northern zone competition. The bonds cadets make today will follow them into the future.
"Most of the kids here today will go to camp together so they'll get to see each other again," Ralph said.
In two weeks, the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps 258 Amherst will also host a regional competition with five other sea cadet corps present. The events will be similar to those of the air cadets, with a drill competition, along with seamanship and sporting events.

Geographic location: Northern Nova Scotia

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