Coveted cup is won by cadets at top contest

Eastbourne Royal Marine Cadets
Eastbourne Royal Marine Cadets

EASTBOURNE Royal Marine Cadets returned home triumphant after winning the coveted ‘Gibraltar Cup’ in a national competition.

The group came up trumps in the annual Royal Marine Cadet contest which was held at the Royal Marine Commando base at Lympstone in Devon.

Although Eastbourne’s Marine Cadets have won the southern area competition three times in the past 10 years it is more than 30 years since they brought home the ultimate trophy.

Eight cadets faced two days of fierce challenges, both physically and mentally, as they competed against five other regional winning teams from across the UK.

Eastbourne Troup Commander Capt. James Juniper RMR masterminded the serious physical and mental training and preparation over the winter.

Sea Cadets southern area officer, Cdr. Andy Giles RN said, “The Eastbourne team produced an outstanding all round performance that saw them win this very prestigious competition by a sizeable margin from the second placed team. More importantly, the whole group enjoyed a fantastic weekend of challenging activities which honed their teamwork and their field skills.”

Unit chairman Bob Hamblyn congratulated the cadets and welcomed back the team saying, “Very well done to all of you. This is a wonderful example and expression of how the Sea Cadet movement can encourage, stretch and help develop young people to excel not just within the cadet movement, but in furthering their lives as useful and reliable citizens. The victory by our Marine Cadet Team reflects the magnificent effort of all our volunteer staff and unit assistants in providing the highest standards of leadership and training to make this possible.

“The weekend was an historic moment for T.S Eastbourne, proving once more that our Royal Marine Cadet detachment is again the best in the country.”