14 June 2012
Sea Cadets (Left to Right): Petty Officer Myles McMillan, Leading Cadet Paul Summerfield with Kiwi and Sea Scout Hamas Potoru ready to go on the banks of the River Thames.
North Shore local Leading Cadet (LCDT) Paul Summerfield has had a once in a life time experience of rowing for New Zealand as part of the Sea Cadet delegation who took part in the Queens Jubilee Pageant in London on Sunday 3 June 2012.
Originally joining the Sea Cadet Corps in 2010 because a friend invited him along the Westlake Boys High School student had no idea he would end up 18,800kms from home rowing before 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 LCDT Summerfield’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.
LCDT Summerfield says, “The highlight of the trip was the privilege to represent my country overseas and be part of all the history on the water.
"Meeting the Prime Minister in London before the event made us nervous but we had practiced rowing the course a few times in New Zealand and the four mornings before the pageant to make sure we got everything 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.”
LCDT Summerfield now looks forward to returning to his unit, T.S. LEANDER and encouraging the other cadets to apply for these things and just, "give it a go".
For more information contact Defence Communications Group, Todd O'Hara on 021 186 4111.
Background info about the New Zealand Cadet Force:
The New Zealand Cadet Forces (NZCF) are 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.