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Kootenay cadets show their marksmanship skills

Competition held earlier this month at the Trail and Cranbrook Armouries

Cadets from across the Kootenays competed in their annual marksmanship competition last weekend.

Using .177 Daisy air rifles, the competition for the West Kootenay squadrons was held Feb. 10 at the Trail Armoury and the competition for the East Kootenay cadets was held the same day at the Armoury in Cranbrook.

In all, 41 cadets competed from squadrons in Trail, Nelson and Castlegar in the west and Golden, Invermere, Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie and the Elk Valley in the east.

Individually, the cadets are tasked with shooting pellets at four targets in the hopes of getting as close as possible to 400 points.

The top junior shot was Linnea Ladwer of the Trail air cadets with a score of 344 out of 400.

Second was Etienne Kennedy of Elk Valley air cadets with a 331 score.

Third and fourth places were Nelson air cadets Charlotte Faragher with a score of 317 and Mercy Ward with a score of 302.

The winner of the competition was 531 Trail Air Cadet Squadron with a total score of 1421 out of 1600.

The squadron from Trail will now compete in the provincial competition at Vernon in April.

Second place went to 279 Elk Valley Air Cadets with a score of 1272 and close behind was 561 Nelson Air Cadets with a score of 1266.

This is just one of the activities that cadets can participate in. Sea cadets can also go sailing, and air cadets can go flying in both powered and glider aircraft and learn survival skills.

During the summer, cadets can attend programs locally and at locations across Canada.

The air cadet squadrons in Trail, Castlegar and Nelson, and the Nelson sea cadet corp, always welcome new cadets between the ages of 12 and 18.

Adults who would like to volunteer with the units are also welcome.

To start an application online visit:

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