Palace Barracks, Belfast was the setting for the Army Cadet Force Association Northern Ireland, First Aid Competition where local cadets were tested in First Aid knowledge by practical assessments
The first day of the event was the 1st (Northern Ireland) Battalion ACF competition with 5 teams from the battalion area competing for the chance to represent the 1st Battalion in the Regional Competition on the Sunday against other cadet teams from across the province..
Cadets from Antrim Detachment, C Company completed the double by finishing in 1st place for the second year running with the other C Company team consisting of Ballymena and Glengormley cadets finished in a well-deserved 2nd place.
On Sunday Antrim Detachment, represented the 1st (Northern Ireland) Battalion against the other NI cadet units and were overjoyed to finish in first place, making them NI champions with a total 253 points, an excellent achievement for both cadets and the Adult Volunteers who trained them. The Antrim Detachment team will now go on to represent Northern Ireland at the National First Aid competition held at Sandhurst, England in September.
Cadet Sergeant Rachael Allen from Antrim Detachment scored 37 out of a maximum of 40 points and Cadet Corporal Caitlin McCombe Ballymena who scored a credible 36 points - a fantastic effort by both cadets!
C Company Training Officer Lt Dunlop said: “It’s a fantastic achievement for the team to earn the chance to represent our battalion at the national competition. I must say both teams are winners as they have produced remarkable results and excelled in life saving skills which will stand by them.
“PI Andrea Miniss who has recently joined the Army Cadet Force as an Adult Volunteer did a fantastic job training the other C Company team who performed very well over the two days.”
The top scoring cadet in the Competition Cadet Sgt Rachel Allen of Antrim Detachment was thrilled with the success of both teams said:
“I would like to thank, my fellow team members for giving up their valuable time to train for this competition and I would also like to thank our parents who transported and supported us through many evenings of training. I’m just delighted that I have the opportunity to compete in such a prestige national event”