Squadron floats the boat for charity
12:02pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
372 (Barry) Squadron, Air Training Corps, swapped air for water, when they took part in Dragon Boat Racing to raise money for children’s charity Bobath.
The racing took place at Atlantic Wharf in Cardiff against seven other teams with the air cadet team nicknamed The Barry Flyers comprised 10 paddlers and one drummer.
Bobath is a registered charity that provides specialist therapies to children throughout Wales who have cerebral palsy.
Dragon boat racing is just one of the many fundraising events which the air cadets have enjoyed participating in with Bobath during the year.
The racing took place over one day with the cadets participating in three races over the 250 metre stretch of water with the three fastest teams going through to the Grand Final.
Despite Georgia James banging the drum and shouting encouragement, the air cadets missed out on the final by four seconds, but finished in a creditable fifth place improving their times with each race.
Cadet Amy Gilpin said: “Although I got cold and wet dragon boat racing was really funny. All the cadets were laughing at the end of each race. I can’t wait for next year’s event”.
Flight Lieutenant John Greenow, chairman of 372 Squadron and a volunteer with Bobath, said: “Yet again the cadets have worked hard and played hard during the day; the cadets had a great time and I am immensely proud of each and every cadet for their fundraising efforts.”
Cadets who participated were Georgia James (drummer), Nathan Loxton, Jon Spragg, Toby Boss, Rhys Thomas, Amy Gilpin, Caroline Bradley, Jake Paterson, Rachel Carbis, Jordan Saunders, Rhys Horton & Kelvin Hillard.
They now return to an action packed training winter programme of flying, gliding, shooting, team building exercises, sport, adventurous training and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
372 (Barry) Squadron has vacancies for boys and girls between 13 and 18 years of age.
The Squadron parade on Mondays and Wednesdays 7pm to 9.30pm, behind Adams Funeral Parlour.
Call the Squadron on 01446 747734, email email@example.com or visit www.372squadron.org for more information.