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Trophy wins leave air cadets 'buzzing'.

AIR cadets from 163 (Coventry Phoenix) Squadron are celebrating after retaining their title as the Best All Round Squadron in Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing. Cadets from the Canley-based squadron were overall winners at the annual Wing Field Day held at Bramcote Barracks earlier in the month. The event consists of an intense day of competitions in which all 25 squadrons from throughout the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing come together to compete against each other.

The day also offers training opportunities for the cadets on the air rifle shooting range, outdoor climbing wall and with the RAF outreach team.

This year, 163 Squadron took 32 cadets to the training day and they returned to Coventry victorious in the drill competition, the banner drill competition, the rifle shooting competition, the open age aircraft recognition competition and the aircraft modelling competition.

Cadet Warrant Paolo David, the senior cadet at the squadron and the current Lord Mayor of Coventry's Air Cadet, was awarded a drill cane as the best drill instructor of the day. He had the honour of having this presented by Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, Commandant of the Air Cadet Organisation.

More than 400 cadets from throughout the wing formed the final parade and 163 Squadron were announced as winners of the Per Ardua Cup, awarded to the Best All Round Squadron. Cadet Warrant Officer David proudly marched out to receive the trophy from Wing Commander Stuart Iles, Officer Commanding Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing. Officer Commanding 163 Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Samantha Collins, said: "I am so proud of my cadets and what they have achieved. They are a fantastic group of young people to work with. Their hard work, dedication, teamwork and support for each other has deserved this success. There is an incredible atmosphere at the squadron at the moment, we are buzzing."

Cadets from 163 Squadron will now form part of the Warwickshire and Birmingham Team to compete at the regional competition later this year.

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Cadet Warrant Officer Paolo David receives the Per Ardua Cup from Wing Commander Stuart Iles, on behalf of 163 Squadron

Air Cadets from 163 (Coventry Phoenix) Squadron with the trophies won at the annual Wing Field Day

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Jun 20, 2017
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