Reference: JDW/15/08 Date: 15 August 2012
GIBRALTAR AIR CADETS BRAVE WET WALES WEATHER
SEVEN Air Cadets from No 2 Overseas (Gibraltar) Squadron have just returned home following a weeks training at The National Air Cadet Adventure Centre Llanbedr, (NACAC) in West Wales.
The all weather activities included mountain walking, orienteering, rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, sailing, canoeing and dry slope skiing. All activities are organised and run by qualified experienced staff.Despite very wet conditions Flight Sergeant Aden Cox carried out the residential part of his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and the other six cadets carried out their Silver Duke of Edinburgh expedition in the Snowdonia region.
In order to complete these sections the cadets had to be completely self-sufficient. They navigated themselves over a three day period and camped for two nights. Wing Commander David Miller, who assessed the expedition, said: “The cadets were walking in some very difficult terrain. It was boggy from all the rain and also on occasions the visibility was very poor. Considering the type of conditions the cadets usually experience they performed extremely well”.
Once the expedition had finished the cadets got the chance to join in the many activities provided by the centre, Cadet Megan Bellaque said: “I was able to try new things and overcome fears. I didn’t think I would but I just got on with it and listened to the instructors”.
Cadet Aysha Panter said: “I had high hopes for the expedition but even my expectations weren’t as good as the reality of it, I had fun even though there was so much rain!”
Many of the cadets were nervous of rock climbing but went on to overcome their fears and enjoy the experience. Corporal Rohana Dewfall said: “I reached new heights not only on the climbing wall, but on a personal level. I also got to abseil down the rock, what a view.”
Cadet Cheyenne Woolf said: “Despite the fact this was my third year on an adventure training camp, I learnt something about myself on each activity. I had a brilliant time and made memorable accomplishments like climbing to the top of the slab”.
Cadet Ryan Guiling reflected on his week: “I thoroughly enjoyed the expedition, it was very hard but we felt like we achieved something, but most of all I had an amazing time learning to ski”. Cadet Ryan Gerrard added: “I got to learn a new skill and found a new hobby – sailing. I will also not forget the experience of walking in the Welsh countryside”.
Flying Officer Justin Felice, who accompanied the cadets to the UK praised their efforts: “The Gibraltar cadets’ behaviour throughout the week was excellent. The expedition was very hard but the cadets showed good team work, resilience to the extreme elements and most of all maintained a good sense of humour throughout. Well done and congratulations.”
For further information on the Air Training Corps please contact Flying Officer Justin Felice on 58008180.
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