Cadets from Coleraine who helped ensure the smooth-running of shooting matches held at Ballykinler Ranges during the World Police and Fire Games have been getting a massive ‘thumbs up’ from the athletes they supported.
The contenders from over 30 countries who attended were so impressed with the performance of the cadets in running the competition areas at all ten shooting disciplines that of the participating teams asked for a formal letter registering their appreciation be sent out to every cadet volunteer.
Passing of that vote of thanks and adding his own words of appreciation, Colonel Hubert McAllister, Chairman of the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association Northern Ireland, said: “The World Games Governing Body has acknowledged that the shooting element of the 2013 Games was the most successful ever – due in no small way down to the commitment, professionalism and dedication shown by the young men and women volunteers from the Northern Ireland cadet forces. We are always proud of our Cadets – and with very good reason – and these latest accolades are very welcome!
“The Cadets who take part showed great community spirit and have clearly demonstrated that they have a great number of talents to offer any employer. They showed they were capable of operating complex equipment, managing scoring and timekeeping and getting a job done properly, without fuss and with great good humour.
“As Chairman of the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association for Northern Ireland I offer my heartfelt congratulations to these highly motivated young people and my sincere thanks for promoting the cadet movement in such a positive light on the world stage.
“They can justifiably proud of their achievements throughout the period of the Games and for the time, effort and industry they applied to ensure such a successful outcome. Parents, families, schools and, indeed the wider community can be proud of these young people.”