Six cadets from Somerset Army Cadet Force (ACF) travelled to RMA Sandhurst on Saturday 11th October, to compete in the National Swimming Competition.
The team consisted of a number of regional champions including Cadet Joe Thorne from Worle Platoon who won all four of his events at the regional competition earlier in September. Joining him was LCpl Lucy Langdon from Martock, who singlehandedly won the senior girls class for Somerset, by winning multiple times at regional competitions.
At Sandhurst, the cadets were competing in a range of swimming strokes and were up against the best Army Cadet swimmers in the country. Every region was present at the competition, so simply making a final was a big coup for these Cadets. There were numerous swimmers wearing GB kit, in various teams and several others who were obviously keen triathletes. It seemed that the entry requirement for the event was to be at least the member of a local swimming club.
Somerset Cadets competed in all strokes and reached the finals for the Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Individual Medley, Freestyle and Freestyle Relay.
Individual results from finals:
Cadet A Bartram Wellington Freestyle Relay 5th
LCpl L Bunker Uphill Freestyle Relay 5th
LCpl L Langdon Martock Backstroke 4th
Individual Medley 6th
Freestyle Relay 4th
Cadet S Manley Burnham on Sea Backstroke 4th
Freestyle Relay 5th
Cadet J Thorne Worle Butterfly 5th
Freestyle Relay 5th
Individual Medley 5th
LCpl I Thorne Bishop Fox’s School Freestyle Relay 5th
Overall the South West team finished seventh, a much improved score over previous years. The junior boys’ team (three Somerset Cadets – Manley, Thorne, J and Bartram) helped place third in the entire country for their age class.
Next year, Somerset ACF are hoping to send an even stronger team to the regional competition and get even more Cadets from Somerset selected to attend this event at the prestigious Royal Military Academy.