Highest Accolade for Parkstone Cadet
Cadet Sergeant Ann-Marie Clark (17), from 2391 (Parkstone) Squadron ATC, has been selected as a member of the Athelings shooting team to travel to Canada in August 2006. Ann-Marie, a pupil at Rossmore Community College, in Parkstone, Poole, has only been shooting for 18 months but has already represented Great Britain on two occasions and also UK Cadet Forces in International matches against South Africa and Canada.
The Athelings (from the old English aetheling meaning Prince or Lord), is the title given to UK Cadets, aged under 19 years, who have been successful in the sport of target rifle shooting and who will represent Great Britain in Ottawa in August 2006.
The Athelings are a selected team of 18 target rifle shooters picked from the best CCF, ACF, SCC and ATC cadets in the U.K. The members of the team always shoot the July NRA meetings at Bisley before embarking on the three week tour to Canada where they will be in competition with the Royal Canadian Army Cadet team and also shoot the Dominion of Canada Meeting at Connaught ranges, Ottawa as individual competitors.
As a member of the UK Cadet team that beat the Canadian Army Cadet Team in the Alexander Graham Bell Match, Ann-Marie was presented with a Gold Medal for her part in the teams success. Ann-Marie has also represented Great Britain in both the U19 and U25 Fullbore Teams in International matches against South Africa, Canada, Kenya and Australia as well as the Home Countries.
Ann-Marie is also the first cadet from Dorset/Wilts Wing to become an Atheling.