14 June 2012
Sea Cadets (L to R): Petty Officer Myles McMillan (Left) and Ordinary Sea Cadet James Keleghan (Center) and Girl Guide Sara Croft (Right) in their vessel SHACKELTON on the Thames.
Photo Credit: Phil Coomes/BBC News
Halswell local Cadet Petty Officer (CDTPO) Myles McMillan has had a once in a lifetime experience of rowing for New Zealand as part of the Sea Cadet delegation who took part in the Queen's Jubilee Pageant in London on Sunday 3 June 2012.
Originally joining the Sea Cadet Corps in 2008 because of the opportunities it offered, the Christ's College student had no idea he would end up 18,800kms from home rowing in front of Her Majesty The Queen.
The Jubilee Pageant included one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the river. Over one million people lined the river bank to see the pageant, which passed under 14 road, foot and rail bridges on an 11km journey.
Throughout the four-hour procession CDTPO McMillan’s vessel SHACKELTON was joined by a mixture of vessels, made up of rowed boats (including a Maori waka), working boats, historic launches, steam vessels and craft from the armed forces, fire, police and rescue services, in the voyage down the River Thames to celebrate Her Majesty’s 60 year reign.
CDTPO McMillan says, "The highlights of the trip were meeting and bonding with so many awesome people and the privilege to represent my country overseas.
"The requirement to maintain four knots on the river to keep the traffic moving was the part we were most worried about. We practiced a few times in New Zealand and then the four mornings before the pageant to get it right."
President of the Sea Cadet Association of New Zealand, Rear Admiral Ian Hunter (rtd) says he was pleased that Sea Cadets were able to take part in such a historic pageant on the Thames in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
"The cadets represented both their Units and New Zealand with professionalism and pride."
CDTPO McMillan now looks forward to taking the skills and techniques learnt to further improve his own abilities and return to his unit, T.S. STEADFAST, to mentor other cadets to apply for these things and, "just give it a go".
For more information contact Defence Communications Group, Todd O'Hara on 021 241 5534.
Background info about the New Zealand Cadet Force:
The New Zealand Cadet Forces (NZCF) are for young people aged 13 to 18. They comprise the Sea Cadet Corps, the New Zealand Cadet Corps and the Air Training Corps. It is a voluntary, disciplined, uniformed youth leadership training organisation.
The organisation is not part of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), but is directed by the Chief of Defence Force, on behalf of the Minister of Defence, and is supported in partnership by the NZDF and the community.