Cadet unit victorious

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Pictured: Ashburton Cadet Unit members Cadet Warrant Officer Class Two Hayden Adams, Cadet Lance Corporal Josiah Penno, Cadet Sergeant William Brett, Cadet Sergeant Jack Thomson, Cadet Corporal James Forbes, Cadet Lance Corporal Tori Kelland, Cadet Lance Corporal Meg Dudley, front, Cadet Corporal Tiana Waaka and Cadet Corporal Varley McLean after completing the Burnham Confidence Course following the recent Southern Area Skills competition. (photo supplied)

Ashburton Cadet Unit has topped its rivals to take out the Southern Area Skills competition.

The competition was run at West Melton Army Training Area and the Ashburton unit won eight of the 12 individual stands to claim competition honours.

Three trophies were won, including a large cup for winning the competition, a smaller shell for the equipment carry and a shell mounted on a wooden stand for the drill competition.

Members of the team also took out some individual prizes. WOII Adams had the highest shooting score of 97 out of a possible 125 and the highest navigation theory score of 90 out of 100, with CPL McLean only half a point behind him. CPL Varley McLean had the highest General Service Knowledge score of 96 out of 100.

The team is now training hard ahead of the national finals to be held at Burnham Military Camp from October 28-30, where it will compete against cadet units from Ruahene and Mungawhi.