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Waverley Cadets Win the CAS Military Skills Competition

From Peter Frost, Assistant Head of College

What a start to the new year for the Cadet Unit. Last Saturday the Unit team of cadets from Years 9 to 12 won the coveted CAS Military Skills competition at Holsworthy Army Base. Previously the Unit had won the trophy in 2009 and 2015.

The trophy was inaugurated in 2003 and the event is considered one of the highlights of the Cadet year alongside the CAS Drill Competition.

Arranged over a series of five stands, the competition is a test of teamwork, knowledge and highly developed skills.  Exercises include Leadership and Initiative, Navigation, Fieldcraft, 1st Aid, and Radio communications.

The win is all the more commendable because the team training and rehearsals were all led by the senior ranks who arranged and conducted training over a period of some months working before school and holding one preparation session for a full day during the holidays.

The trophy was presented to the Waverley team by Lieutenant Colonel Simidas, Chief of Staff, 2nd NSW Cadet Brigade representing Colonel Miller, the Brigade Commander.

CUO Tim Waring was the team leader this year and he is to be highly commended for the energy and outstanding leadership he exhibited in the preparation of the team.

With understandable pride, in a fitting climax to the competition, the team sang the Unit song, “Men of Waverley” after the trophy presentation.

Following the conclusion of the competition the five CAS schools were involved in a live range practice at the nearby rifle range. Coaching and supervision were handled by regular Army and Reserve personnel.

The team, including support staff was as follows:

Given Name Family Name Year
Fletcher Duff 11
Cooper Flynn 11
Joshua Gleeson 11
Nicholas Lane 11
Hugh Marshall 11
Bradley Marzol 11
Angus McPherson 11
Logan Ryan 11
Timothy Waring 11
Nathanial Yarrow 11
Cullen Di Mattina 10
Luca Paolella 10
Noah Ratcliff 10
Christopher Salem 10
Joseph Simonella 10
Emile Stephenson 10
Samuel Tsaousis 10
Isaac Kopsiaftis 9
Bryn Parry 9
James Privett 9