On Sunday 1st December, the RAF team travelled to The Shuttleworth Collection in Bedford for the Royal Air Squadron Trophy. The day consisted of a range of assessed activities; Drill and Uniform, Shooting, First Aid, Command Tasks, RAF Knowledge and Aircraft Recognition. Of the 36 Schools in the region, 19 made it to competition and the standard was exceptionally high. The Gresham’s team did very well placing 7th overall, our best result to date.
The team carried out a beautiful drill routine, with special mentions going to Lea Schwartz, Laura Goebel, Alex Sittman (our South African Exchange student) and Georgie Clarke who were all new to the Section and picked up all of the skills and attributes required to succeed in a very short period of time, by no means a small feat. Our shooters placed second overall, with Tyler Munro shooting with sniper-like accuracy, placing second in the individual competition and helping to secure our second place as a team. The First-Aid team also placed second overall, with Joe Oxtoby and Jasmin Taylor-Riches (both recently promoted to L Cpl), both without too much experience, performing extremely well when faced with a daunting multi-casualty scenario. The coolness, teamwork and skill of the team here is commendable. It was a long day but the team of 13 did very well.
The team would not have had such success had it not been for the training programme and organisation of Team Leader, Cadet Warrant Officer Charlotte Moulton, supported by her team of NCO’s including Flt Sgt Lachlan Richardson, Sgts Charlie Carpenter and Lorenz Romeni and Cpls Elliot McBean-Willis and (recently promoted to Sgt) Matt Hay.