During the school holidays two Gore Air Training Corps cadets took part in a junior non-commissioned officers’ course.
Leading Air Cadet Emma Meikle and Cadet Lance Corporal Jamie Shearing (both 16) learnt a lot from the experience.
Flying Officer Mike Buick-Turnbull said the course taught junior cadets how to take drills.
“They learnt leadership skills,” Mr Buick-Turnbull said.
He was a leader on the course in Burnham, he said.
There were 60 cadets on the course from throughout New Zealand.
“Usually there is only 40 but there were 20 from the North Island.”
There were air, army and sea cadets there, Mr Buick-Turnbull said.
“It was a challenge but the kids enjoyed meeting all the new faces.”
He was was impressed with how the cadets went on the course.
“Cadet Lance Corporal Shearing won the Endeavour Award.”
The Endeavour Award was given to the cadet who showed the most personal growth during the course, Mr Buick-Turnbull said.
“He did well considering he had not been doing it for long and there were 60 cadets on the course.”
Emma said she also learnt a lot on the course.
“I’m a lot more confident now,” Emma said.
She had learnt a lot about leadership.
“Before the course I couldn’t speak in front of people but now I can lead a group,” she said.
She had had a lot of fun.
“I’m happy I did it; I kind of miss it actually.
“I liked the strictness of it.”
She had also enjoyed meeting people from throughout the country.
Gore and Ashburton also had a combined team compete in the Cadet Skills Competition.
Cadet Sergeant Jessica Mason (17) was part of the team.
“It was a good challenge,” she said
Before the competition Jessica had never met the Ashburton team before.
“It was great to meet them and learn to work with them.”
She learnt about navigation, leading drills, shooting and general knowledge.