Silverware for Highland cadets


A team of Army Cadets from the Highlands returned home with silverware from a recent Skills Competition. 

Ten cadets from 1st Battalion the Highlanders ACF took part in the annual Scottish Cadet Military Skills Competition, held at the Barry Buddon Training Area near Dundee.

The two-day competition saw the Highland team compete against thirteen other teams, from Army Cadet and Combined Cadet Force units across Scotland. The teams were put through their paces in a series of stands, ranging from Obstacle Courses and First Aid scenarios to Patrol Skills and Shooting.

At the end of the competition the Battalion team placed 3rd overall, however, the team was awarded the ‘Top Army Cadet Team’ for being the highest placed ACF Team. The Highlanders were also named the inaugural winners of the competition’s new ‘Fallen Plates’ Shooting Competition.

Both trophies were presented to Team Captain Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Tristan Jack (17), from Caithness Company, by Colonel Patrick O’Meara, Colonel Cadets 51 Infantry Brigade and HQ Scotland.

Along with RSM Jack the team included Cadet Colour Sergeant Mathew MacLean (17), Cadet Sergeant Connor Hutchison (16), Cadet Corporal Samuel Stubbs (15), from Inverness Company, Cadet Sergeant Max Scott (16), Cadet Sergeant Jakub Bialkowski (16), Cadet Corporal Barnaba Smardzewski (17), from Moray Company, Cadet Sergeant Kieran Sutherland-West (17), from Caithness Company, Cadet Sergeant Andy Tait (17) and Cadet Lance Corporal Alexander Robertson (14), from Ross Company.

Selection for the team required the cadets to attend two training weekends held at Fort George near Ardersier leading up to the competition.

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