Canada’s top cadet shooters honoured

News / May 18, 2016

Captain Grant Cree
RCSU (NW) 

Congratulations to all shooters and coaches in the 2016 National Cadet Marksmanship Championship. On May 6, senior military officers and dignitaries handed out awards to the top competitors at the closing ceremony. The five-day event was held from May 3 to 6 in the recreation centre at Gimli, Manitoba.

The gold award for Top Unit Team cumulative was presented to 2799 RCACC from Aurora, Ontario; the silver award went to 856 RCACS from Pickering, Ontario and the bronze award was given to 676 RCACS from Sidney, B.C.

Three cadets earned the award for Perfect Score of 100. They were Jeremy Manzerolle of 2820 RCACC in Charny, Quebec; Leah Bartlett of 2562 RCACC in Kelligrews, Newfoundland; and Teresa Liao of 907 RCACS in Surrey, B.C.

“I realize the tremendous amount of work and focus and dedication that has occurred for you to get to this level of competition,” said Brigadier-General Cochrane, Commander of 2 Canadian Air Division. “I want to commend and congratulate all of you who participated in this wonderful event. A special shout out to the coaches as well, for your unwavering support for your members.”

Now in its 42nd year, the National Cadet Marksmanship Championship was held in two separate indoor air rifle ranges equipped with SIUS technology. This electrical targeting control system replaces paper targets, and enables all participants to immediately see results displayed on a screen. The SIUS system also provided event staff with accurate data used to identify match winners in each category. 

The championship is one example of how cadets have fun make new friends from across Canada. During their visit to Manitoba, cadets enjoyed an astronomy study and toured the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. Other activities included drop-in movies and informal sports.

The cadet marksmanship program is based on Olympic-style competition and is designed for youth with a focus on shooting as a recreational sport.  Approximately 20,000 cadets participate in this challenging and fun activity every year. 

The Canadian Cadet Organization is comprised of more than 52,000 young people across Canada. Cadets participate in structured activities to develop positive habits in fitness, leadership and citizenship in a challenging yet fun environment.  For more information, visit www.cadets.ca.

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