The Cayman Islands Cadets Corps has been hailed after it won a third-place trophy at the International Cadet Corps Challenge in Barbados last week, after coming from last place late in competition.
The 16 member group, aged from 13 to 17, was sitting in last place with two days to go in the 10 day event, after losses in areas they had little practical experience in.
But they rallied, claiming a second in the triathlon competition, a second in the Commandants Challenge and third in the event’s sports day during the last couple of days of competition.
Regiment Sergeant Major Derek Larner said it was an exceptional performance from the team. It is also a rewarding result for the Cadet Corps, he said, given the Corps has only been in existence five years, while other have been around for many years (Barbados has had a Cadet Corps since 1904).
‘We went there an easy underdog – no one expected anything – and when we were last after the first three or four events, it was no surprise to anyone.’
‘But then the kids got the bit between the teeth and realised they could actually shock a few people. They worked hard as a team, they knitted as a team – they didn’t want to be last.’
‘When they got fifth, they wanted to be fourth, and when they were fourth, they wanted to be third – it was a great performance.’
‘These kids have gone out there and performed well beyond anybody’s expectations,’ Sgt. Larner said.
Members of the Cadet Corps team included Sgt Theodore Kelly; Corporals Jordon Thompson, Myfanwy Leggatt, Cary Hunte and Christina Ulett; Lance Corporals Jonathan Christian, Andrea Simmonds, Oshane Hunt, Shemina Barnes, Ansel Lawrence and Shanice Kelly; and Cadets Lloyd Zapata, Kendra Bodden, Theo Edmun, Geanna Bodden and James Smith
The challenge, held at Paragon Defence Force Barracks, Barbados, brought together Cadets from Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica and the Cayman Islands. The Cayman Islands team shared the podium with Barbados (2nd overall) and Trinidad and Tobago (overall winners).