An 18-year-old Uckfield-based Air Cadet is competing against 20 of the country’s top cadets this week to be named one of nine winners of a gruelling competition.
Cadet Warrant Officer Matilda Sherwood from 2530 (Uckfield) Squadron, Sussex Wing, Air Training Corps is competing to join the nine members from across the country who will be winners of the prestigious CVQO Duke of Westminster Award.
The challenging four-day selection event takes place in the Quantock Hills, Somerset, and tests communication, teamwork and leadership skills through a variety of demanding physical and mental tasks.
During the event, the 21 candidates earn a Level 3 qualification in leadership from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) which is recognised as a valued addition to any CV.
After the first day of the event, Matilda said: “I feel very honoured – everything I’ve worked for has culminated in something that is really worthwhile.”
Edward Woods, CVQO CEO, said: “The final selection event is always an energetic few days when the cadets are challenged to the peak of their ability.
“The overall winner looks likely to be a very close call!”
The nine winners of the CVQO Duke of Westminster Award will be announced on April 29. They will be rewarded with a three week educational expedition in South Africa where they will undertake an environmental awareness course and a cultural project.
The overall winner will be announced at the Awards lunch at the Ironmonger’s Hall in London on June 26.
Uckfield Air Cadets are 13 to 17-year-olds. Activities include flying and gliding, shooting, adventure training, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and BTEC. Full details on the web. They meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm.