Elgin cadets triumph at Youth Games

September 17, 2018

A team of Army Cadets from Elgin have come out on top in a competition against their counterparts from youth organisations across Moray and Aberdeenshire. 

The cadets from Elgin Detachment, 1st Battalion the Highlanders, took part in the first Uniformed Youth Games, held on September 2 at Elgin’s Cooper Park.

Cadet Corporal Michael McBride (16), Cadet Corporal Louise Curtis (15), Cadet Corporal Jakub Bialkowski (15), Cadet Corporal Max Scott (15), Cadet Lance Corporal William Loftus (16) and Cadet Lance Corporal Ben Hayllar (14) formed the detachment team, representing the ACF against the Sea Cadets, Police Scotland Youth Volunteers and the Girl Guides in a series of challenges testing their physical ability, mental ability and teamwork skills.

The games were organised by the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers as part of the Scotland’s Year of Young People (YoYP) celebrations to mark the contribution of the uniformed youth organisations in the North East.

At the end of the competition the ACF won by a single point.

Elgin Detachment Commander Staff Sergeant Instructor Graeme Wells (26) said: “I am absolutely proud of them, I asked the cadets to do their best and put in maximum effort and they certainly delivered. We are hoping these games can continue and become an annual event as it’s great to work with our counterparts from our sister organisations, as we all deliver the same opportunities to the young people who join.”

On top of the games a gala event took place, with each organisation raising funds for their respective groups.

Receiving the winners’ trophy from Inspector Colin Taylor of Police Scotland were (from left) Cpl Scott, Cpl Bialkowski, Cpl McBride, Cpl Curtis and LCpl Hayllar.

LCpl Loftus completing the obstacle course.