Local Cadets Swim to Victory

Air cadets of local unit 195 (Grimsby) Squadron were this weekend celebrating after scooping a whopping 7 medals and a trophy.

The squadron, which is historically adepts at cadet sporting competitions having sent cadets to national competitions, were ecstatic over their medal haul. The swimming competition was held at RAF Cranwell on Sunday 27th September, and saw cadets from over 30 squadrons in the region face off against each other to claim the top spot in each classification and stroke.

Officer Commanding 195 Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Terence Shird, explained that the squadron had held it’s annual swimming gala just weeks prior to the competition. ‘We usually hold the gala just for our cadets as a bit of friendly competition, but also use it as benchmark against which to pick our wing swimming team entry. From there it’s simply a matter of training and preparation. We are lucky in that a lot of our cadets are a sporting bunch so they compete often nationally in various fields.’

Flt Lt Shird added ‘usually some of our best cadets are those that don’t do the activities regularly. One of our best swimmers was a cadet who didn’t compete at all in any level, and we encouraged her to try and she went on to win medals at national levels. We just urge our cadets to give it a go – you never know how good you are until you try!’

‘This year we’ve done particularly well, scooping plenty of silverware and a trophy, so I’m certainly one very happy boss!’

The squadron won 2nd place overall, winning 1st place in the junior girls classification, 2nd place in junior boys and 3rd place in the senior boys competitions.

Cdt Clarke won 3 golds, Cdt Steel won 2 golds and a bronze and Cpl Gibson won a gold.