Cadet Warrant Officer Paul Fothergill and Flight Sergeant Kristina Pisano have been selected to represent London Wing in the annual competitions to find the Best Male and Female Cadets in the Air Training Corps. Unusually they are from the same Squadron and this is no mean feat to be the Best Cadets from a Wing of 30 Sqns with 1000 cadets.
Even more unusually they have also both been selected as the Best Cadets in the London and South East Region, after interviews with Group Captain Hakin, OC LASER, seeing off stiff competition from the best cadets from the other 5 Wings in the Region. It is believed that this is the first time that 2 cadets from the same Squadron have represented the Region in the competition in one year. They are now in competition with the Best Cadets from the other 5 Regions in the Country for the Dacre Sword and the Dacre Broach, awarded to the best Male and Female Cadet.
Kristina is to visit RAF Cranwell soon to meet the Air Officer Commanding Air Cadets, Air Commodore Moulds together with the 10 other competitors from around the UK, whilst Paul is currently in Australia as part of his Gap year before starting University in September.
Both cadets have completed Flying Scholarships, have their Gold Duke of Edinburghs Award, Millenium Volunteers Award, Staff Cadet Part 2 Exam, 1st Diploma in Public Services, been on overseas camps and shot at Bisley in the Inter Service Cadet Rifle Meeting, with Kristina gaining her Cadet 100 Award for being one of the Top 100 shots in the Country. Paul was a recent winner of the Duke of Westminsters Award for the Best Cadet of all 3 Cadet Services entered in the BTEC Scheme.
Sqn Ldr Jerry Godden stated “This is a very well deserved selection for these two cadets who are excellent examples of young people who never get a mention in the news, and this speaks volumes of their individual qualities and the fact that they have never stopped pushing themselves to achieve more and deal with each new challenge that the Corps have thrown their way”
Flight Sergeant Kristina Pisano said “This is an honour for Paul and myself, and is a reflection of the training and opportunities we have received on the Squadron over the last seven years!”