Sea Cadets Paddle to Victory

Southern Area Sea Cadets Paddlesport Regatta at
Dreadnought Reach

On Saturday 8th September, Sea Cadets from across the South of England competed in the Southern Area Sea Cadets Paddlesport Regatta at Dreadnought Reach, Reading. The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire District was represented by a squad of eighteen cadets from Sea Cadet units in  Milton Keynes, High Wycombe, Oxford and Abingdon. The Abingdon Unit fielded fourteen cadets in the District squad.

Cadets working hard during the competition

After a hard day of competition, our local cadets won medals in eleven of the sixteen races (four FIRST places, three SECOND places and four THIRD places. This consistency of performance meant that the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire District team won the overall the event and the trophy was brought triumphantly back to Abingdon Unit. This is the first time that a team from Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire District have won the overall competition since the current trophy was first used in 1989. Four Abingdon cadets will now represent the Southern Area in the Sea Cadets National Paddlesport Regatta to be held in London next month.

Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire District win the overall competition

Speaking after the event, Acting Lieutenant (SCC) Kevin Anderson, Commanding Officer of Abingdon Unit, said “I am delighted for the District team and in particular for the cadets from Abingdon Unit who have trained very hard for this event over the past few weeks. This will be the third year in succession that Abingdon cadets will represent the Southern Area in the National competition. Let us hope that they can bring home some medals as they did last year. Our success is down to the dedication of the cadets and a number of our staff who have a keen interest in paddlesports.  In 2006, Abingdon Unit received a grant from the National Lottery Awards for All that allowed us to procure a large amount of paddlesports equipment. We are now reaping the rewards of that investment.”

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