Petty Officer First Class Hannah Bennett, of 126 Red Deer, Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps, competed this year’s Regional Cadet Regatta at the Wabamun Sailing Club from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. (Contributed photo)

Petty Officer First Class Hannah Bennett, of 126 Red Deer, Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps, competed this year’s Regional Cadet Regatta at the Wabamun Sailing Club from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. (Contributed photo)

Red Deer sea cadet competes in Regional Cadet Regatta

Event ran from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at the Wabamun Sailing Club

A Red Deer sea cadet was one of 30 sailors to compete in this year’s Regional Cadet Regatta.

Petty Officer First Class Hannah Bennett, of 126 Red Deer, Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps, competed in the event from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at the Wabamun Sailing Club.

“My favourite part of the regatta is being able to put all the skills I learned from sailing during the summer to the test to see how much I improved,” Bennett said referring to the sailing course she took this summer at Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship QUADRA Cadet Training Center near Comox, B.C.

“I joined Sea Cadets in 2017 because my mom was a cadet and everything she told me about it interested me,” said Bennett.

“My favourite part of cadets is sailing and getting to learn new life skills as well as meeting new people. My goal with cadets is to improve my leadership skills and stay in cadets until I age out to learn everything I can from the cadet program.”

Sailing is one of many activities available to youth at local, regional, and national levels with the Canadian Cadet Program year-round.

The Canadian Cadet Program is described as an active, peer-led program that gives youth the opportunity to meet new people, travel and try new things. Sea cadets also learn about seamanship, sailing and traditions of the Royal Canadian Navy.

No previous military or cadet experience is needed to join the Canadian Cadet Program.

“For someone thinking about joining cadets, I say do it, because it’s a great opportunity to do things you wouldn’t normally get to,” Bennett said.

The Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corps are also looking for adults, who are needed to help train, administer and supervise the local youth involved in the Canadian Cadet Program.

In Red Deer, for sea cadets call 403-342-0010 or email 126sea@cadets.gc.ca. For army cadets call 403-346-4331 or email 1390army@cadets.gc.ca. For air cadets call 403-342-2044 or email 24air@cadets.gc.ca.



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