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Nelson cadet earns top cadet award during summer training

Standing out for her leadership, fitness level and sportsmanship, Cadet Ryley Thompson from Nelson’s 561 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron was awarded the top cadet of her platoon upon her completion of the three week Basic Fitness and Sports Course at the Vernon Cadet Training Centre.

Thompson spent the last three weeks focusing on the physical fitness aspect of the cadet program. Participants d on the Basic Fitness and Sports Course develop and improve their fitness levels, as well as learn fitness training techniques.

 “We played quite a bit of sports, like basketball and soccer. We also participated in Games of Low Organization and learned how to conduct various sport activities,” said Thompson who plans to come back to camp next summer for an instructor course.

“I have learned so much from this experience. Honestly, if you’re thinking about joining cadets, just go for it. Having fun with it and meeting new people is a big part of it.”

VCTC, located in Vernon, British Columbia, welcomes cadets from across Western Canada for two, three and six-week summer courses in a wide range of areas including music, drill and ceremonial, fitness and sports, marksmanship and expedition. Over the next six weeks over 1,500 cadets will be trained at VCTC and the skills and experience that the cadets gain throughout the summer will be incorporated back at their home units to further grow and develop the cadet program.

Photo Caption: Reviewing Officer Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Don Doern, pictured left, presents Cadet Ryley Thompson of 561 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron of Nelson, BC with the Top Cadet of 9 Platoon (Basic Fitness and Sports Course) during the Basic Course Graduation Parade held at the Vernon Cadet Training Centre on July 27, 2018. — Submitted