Cadets qualify for All-Ireland Finals
WEXFORD'S Order of Malta Cadets, aged from 10 to 16 years old, set off for the National Marine Training College in Cork recently to compete against teams from Leinster and Munster in First Aid and various other skills or a place in the AllIreland Finals in Limerick next July.
Junior boy for the Wexford team was Brian Sinnott and despite this being his first entering competition he came away as champion, beating all before him to lift the cup to cheers from everyone.
Brian now goes on to represent the counties of Wexford, Waterford, Carlow, Kilkenny, Cork, Limerick, Clare and Tipperary in the All-Ireland Final.
Senior Boy was Dylan O'Connor who was up against very experienced opposition, but was in the running up to the very end, eventually being placed third.
The senior team (over-13) consisted of Nicole Scahill, Ellen Byrne, Laurynas Matazas and Nicole Ennis and they were set a stiff test, having to deal with three difficult casualties. They fared well, but missed the finals by one place, finishing a very credible third.
The junior team (under-13) of Amber Mahon, Caitlin O'Grady, Chloe Kennedy and Cheryl Rowe excelled themselves with a magnificent performance, eventually finishing in second place and securing one of the All Ireland Final places.
Sophie O'Connor competed as junior girl for the first time in the most competitive of sections and the experience will stand to her in future years.
Close Order Foot-drill to army standards was another competition entered by the Wexford team of Nicole Scahill, Ellen Byrne, Nicole Ennis, Dylan O'Connor, Brian Sinnott, Amber Mahon and Chloe Kennedy, with Kahmen Bradley waiting in the wings if needed. They performed excellently and took second place.
One more feather in the cap of the Wexford crew at the competition was Caitlin O'Grady's second place in the ' Cadet of the Year' section.
The Cadet leader Cpl. Thomas Mc Mahon was full of praise for the work and dedication of the Cadets. 'Here is a shining example of the young people of Wexford excelling in their chosen activity,' he remarked.