6 November 2012
LCPL Zach Robertson and CPL Sean Thexton race with their barrels up the hill.
The Mangawhai Cadet Unit made up of nine team members competed in close fought battles over the weekend against two other units from Christchurch and Palmerston North to win first place at the annual National Area Skills Competition held in at the Tamaki Leadership Centre, Whangaparaoa.
‘Skills’, short for Skill-at-Arms, is an annual skills based competition of the New Zealand Cadet Forces between all the Cadet Corps units in New Zealand. Regional competitions are run in the three areas, Northern, Central and Southern with the winners from each area competing for the national title which Mangawhai Cadet Unit snapped up over the weekend.
It was a mentally and physically exhausting weekend for all cadets involved. Mangawhai Cadet Unit Commander, LT Sandra Grayson said, "I am so incredibly proud of them, they have worked so hard and they inspire everyone around them, their success has rippled through our whole community."
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.
For more information contact Defence Communications Group on 021 487 980