October 5th, 2016
CLEAN SWEEP OF AWARDS AT AUSTRALIAN AIR LEAGUE REVIEW IN BALLARAT - OCTOBER 2016
THE Australian Air League Sutherland Shire Squadron have been recognised as the leading squadron in Australia with a near clean sweep of the awards at the National Review held in Ballarat over the long weekend.
The cadets and officers of the Sutherland-based unit won first place in five of the six main ceremonial drill competitions including the 8-11 years and 18+ years categories, as well as Squad, Flight and Flag Party drill contingents. The Squadron was also runner up in the 12-17 years category.
Junior Cadet Thomas Gould, 11, of Menai, who was the section commander of the winning Junior Cadet section, was individually recognised as the Junior Cadet of the Year for New South Wales.
The Commanding Officer of Sutherland Shire Squadron, Wing Captain Matthew Campbell, could not speak highly enough of the outstanding efforts and achievements of the cadets.
“The cadets train all year long for these competitions and the results that they have achieved are a true reflection of the effort and dedication each of them have put in.”
“All of our cadets should be extremely proud of their achievements, and it shows just what can be achieved through hard work, commitment and perseverance”.
The Australian Air League is a national not-for-profit organisation that encourages young flying enthusiasts to pursue their interests in aviation. Sutherland Shire Squadron has about 30 members aged 8 to 30 years.
‘‘Cadets have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, self-discipline, confidence and many other important life attributes’’ Mr Campbell said. The Squadron encourages them to take part in personal development programs such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award and Community Service volunteering activities.
Sutherland Shire Squadron parades at their hangar on Toronto Parade, Sutherland on Friday nights during the school term. To find out more, contact Wing Captain Matthew Campbell at or visit www.airleague.com.au.