Highlanders shoot to success at Bisley

August 17, 2018

Army Cadets from the Highlands and Moray have returned home as the top Scottish team at a national shooting competition. 

Eight cadets from 1st Battalion the Highlanders represented the battalion at the Inter-Service Cadet Rifle Meeting, held at Bisley Rifle Ranges in Surrey. 

Cadet Company Sergeant Major Euan Stewart (17), Cadet Corporal Samuel Stubbs (14), Cadet Corporal Khaleb Robertson (17), Cadet Corporal Rhianna Russell (17), from Inverness Company, Cadet Company Sergeant Major Jadzia Calder (17), Cadet Lance Corporal Jennifer Calder (15) and Cadet Lance Corporal Leah Goodman (15), from Moray Company, and Cadet Corporal Andy Tait (15), from Ross Company, represented the battalion in the three-day competition.

Cadets fired the Cadet Target Rifle at 300, 500 and 600 yards, competing against 350 cadets in 87 teams from across the ACF, ATC and Sea Cadets, as well as teams from the Royal Canadian Army Cadets.

The battalion had two teams that qualified for the competition, after coming 1st and 2nd in the Scottish Cadet Target Rifle Meeting back in May. Jadzia, Euan, Andy and Samuel formed the A Team and Rhianna, Khaleb, Jennifer and Leah formed the B Team. At the end of the three days the A team finished 12th overall, the battalion’s highest ever placing, beating last year’s highest ever placing of 23rd and the B Team finished 24th overall.

As well as the team competition, they also competed individually in the Cadet 100 Competition – the pinnacle of shooting – to be named as one of the top 100 shooters of the Service Cadets. Six cadets from the battalion made it into the top 100: Cpl Stubbs was 38th, CSM Stewart was 42nd, LCpl Goodman was 67th, Cpl Russell was 71st, Cpl Tait was 84th and CSM Calder was 89th.

Upon their return north, battalion shooting officer Captain Richard Thorpe said: “A big thank you to all our cadets and adults for all their hard work and commitment, it is truly hard work being on the range all day in all weather, be that pouring rain back home or baking heat like we have had the last few days. It’s tough to remain focused when you are on the firing point for an hour in full shooting kit.”

❑ Picture (above) shows the 1 Highlander team with support staff.