On-target Cadets are British Champs

Stonehaven Squadron Air Cadets have become the British Champions
Stonehaven Squadron Air Cadets have become the British Champions

The 1297 Stonehaven squadron Air Cadets had a fantastic showing in the Cadet Inter Service Skill at Arms Meeting (CISSAM).

The shooting competition, which is held at the Army Training Regiment Ranges at Pirbright, Surrey, saw the cadets win three team and two individual events.

Cadets use their equivalent of the British Army SA80 Rifle to shoot at targets ranging from 100 to 300 yards over iron sights.

A total of 260 cadets took part from Sea, Army and Air cadets with 52 teams qualifying for the final of the national competition.

The cadets competed in four separate competitions: rifle pairs, Earl Roberts AMS, Montgomery of Alamein and the Marling. In the team competitions the squadron won the Marling Competition, Top Team overall and Top Air Cadet Team.

The Stonehaven Squadron were runners up in the Montgomery of Alamein & Earl Roberts AMS. In the rifle pairs the squadron finished third.

The Top Individual Overall & Top Air Cadet were won by the Stonehaven squadron’s Flight Sergeant Christian Avis. The Individual Snap trophy was won by Corporal Alistair Cunningham, also from the Stonehaven Squadron. The top 50 finishers in the competition are allowed to wear the cadet 50 marksman badges. The Stonehaven Squadron attained five cadet fifty marksman awards. These were presented to Flight Sergeant Christian Avis, Corporal Alistair Cunningham, Corporal Ewan Matheson, Cadet Nick Avis and Cadet Erin Blackwood. All five cadets also represented the Air Cadets in the Inter Services Final.

Flight-Lieutenant Duncan Campbell, of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Training Branch, said: “This was truly an amazing result as the standard of competition was 
extremely high.

‘‘We were competing against the top teams from all three services. The squadron has been competing at Pirbright over the last 10 years but has never excelled to this prestige level.

‘ I would like to thank the cadets for practising so hard over the last six months and the support staff with their assistance in getting the squadron to the event.”