Army cadets keep their fingers crossed

Berwick Academy students, Rory Marchant and Conor McDermott, members of Berwick Detachment Northumbria Army Cadet Force, had a very busy four days over Easter.

By Ian Smith
Wednesday, 01 May, 2019, 14:11
Rory Marchant and Conor McDermott

They were chosen to attend a selection process in Cwrt-y-Gollen, Wales for the opportunity to take part in the annual six week Army Cadet Canadian exchange to the Yukon and New Brunswick where they take part in numerous activities from mountain biking to canoeing, ending with an 18 day expedition in wild country.

The selection process was a mixture of rigorous physical and psychological tests, including a military swim test, a bleep test (shuttle run) followed over the next few days being tested in hill walking, map reading, canoeing, mountain biking,first aid and military knowledge.

Rory and Conor came 47th and 48th and are first reserves should there be withdrawals.

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The cadets who attend gain qualifications in Sports Leadership and Expedition Leadership.

W Company Commander, Major Keith Marchant, praised the two young men saying: “Berwick Academy students and Army Cadets can compete with the best that the country has to offer. Well done to both students for a tremendous effort.”