National Cadet of the Year announced
Sophy Ansell has been awarded the
esteemed title of St John Ambulance National Cadet
of the Year 2011.
The competition was held over three days from 11-13 February at
PGL Adventure's activity centre in Swindon. The 16-year-old
competed against 40 other Cadets
to attain the prestigious title.
The Hampshire Cadet will act as an ambassador
for the organisation by demonstrating how first
aid can be the difference between a life lost and a life
saved, in addition to being an inspirational
leader to St John Ambulance's young members.
Over the year, she will represent St John Ambulance Cadets
at a number of events and charity balls. This includes her
duty representing the organisation at a reception at
Buckingham Palace in November where Cadets will
meet HRH The Princess Royal who is Commandant in
Chief (Youth) for St John Ambulance.
Test of skill
The three-day competition required the Cadets to be assessed on
various skills, including first aid, teamwork, initiative under
pressure and leadership.
'It was a privilege to represent my county at the National
Cadet of the Year Competition. I had a fantastic weekend
and it didn't even feel like a competition
because everyone was so nice and I've made lots of new
friends. I'm looking forward to representing St John Ambulance at
all the events that I'll be attending over the year,'
The Fareham student wasn't the only Cadet
to impress the judges, two
other young individuals who also
shone throughout the competition were Harry Chalkin from
Gloucestershire and Gargi Pandey from Northern
Ireland, who will be recognised as
'It has been one of the greatest, hardest and most fun weekends
I have ever had. I'm looking forward to working with St John
Ambulance on a national level and representing young people up
and down the country,' said Chalkin.
St John Ambulance has 18,000 young members and believes
that young people should have an
opportunity to learn first aid at a young age so
that they’re equipped to act quickly in an emergency and be the
difference within their community.
Setting an example
Daryl Perkins, St John Ambulance Chief Officer Youth said young
people are great advocates for
promoting first aid as a vital life skill for people of all
ages to learn.
'Sophy Ansell demonstrated great
dedication and enthusiasm over
the course of the competition and we are delighted that she is
representing young people who learn first aid
throughout the country,' he said.