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Best CCF Cadet
Cadet Sergeant Nichols has been awarded the Sir John Thompson Memorial Sword – effectively naming him the Best CCF Cadet in The RAF Air Cadets for 2020, following an exciting ‘virtual’ Dragons’ Den interview process with The Royal Air Force Air Cadets. This is a great achievement for him and a real feather in the cap for the CCF at Heriot’s.
This is the first time the Sword has been won back to back by the same school – Grace Dobson having won it in 2019.
Royal Air Force Air Cadets commented: ‘The Dragons’ Den style interviews are always the final part of the selection process which is usually held at College Hall, RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire.
The winners are the best of the 32,000 ATC cadets and 8,000 CCF (RAF) cadets from across the UK and overseas.
Nominees from each ATC region and from the CCF (RAF)’s schools were put under intense questioning by a panel of judges comprising Commandant RAF Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty; Group Capt Baz Dale and Wing Commander Martin Larwood-Hughes.
Commandant RAF Air Cadets, Air Commodore McCafferty said: “As always, the competition to find our very best cadets has been a closely run race. Each and every candidate was worthy of being awarded a sword and they should be extremely proud to have made it to the finals. The candidates for these national awards are simply outstanding – an inspiration to other cadets, our staff and volunteers and an absolute credit to the Organisation, the parent Service and to the UK.
“These top cadets have taken every opportunity the RAF Air Cadets has to offer including gliding and flying, target shooting, camps, international exchanges, adventurous training, cyber and STEM, sport, music, drill, charity work and volunteering and so much more.
“Perhaps more importantly, they all give so much back to the RAF Air Cadets, mentoring and instructing younger cadets and supporting our hard-working adult volunteers. They are the best of British youth and I could not be prouder of them all.”
The formal presentation of the swords will take place after lockdown.’