1 - 5 of 22 ALL Articles
Valedictory activities ...17 May 2013
Boys attending Liverpool 3 day course...16 May 2013
Stop Press:...16 May 2013
A musical farewell to Year 13...09 May 2013
Pupil-made video shows highlights...08 May 2013
Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012
At the national competition, however, the competition was much fiercer. With the team being the strongest for many years, we had high hopes for the final. The first disciplines were shooting and aircraft recognition, both of which we entered with confidence after winning both at regionals. In an unfortunate situation, myself, Sgt. Easden and Sgt. Richards dropped our final shots, leaving three out of the five man shooting squad just shy of a perfect score. The aircraft recognition team also preformed well, with a multitude of high scores.
The first aid scenarios proved a test of our abilities, eventually ending as our weakest score. The drill routine ran smoothly, with high uniform marks, however we were unable to retain our position as national champions. Before lunch came the fitness test, a military ‘beep test’ and traditionally the downfall of the team. However, this year we had the fittest team in a generation.
The team pushed themselves to their limits, with Sgt. Richards emerging as the last man standing in the entire competition, bringing pride to the team and boosting the scores. The penultimate event of the day was a command task, designed to test teamwork and leadership. Thanks to a good team effort, we performed well, completing the task with minimal fuss. Finally, we took part in military knowledge, another event which we had won at a regional level. Due to consistently high scores, our score proved to be unrivalled by any other teams.
After collecting the scores, the final result was announced on parade. The RGSHW collected a trophy for a win in military knowledge, a second place finish in the shooting and a third place finish in aircraft recognition and command tasks.
Our final placing was fifth, somewhat of a disappointment to the team. However, after an inspection of the score breakdown, another point would have placed us in a three way tie for third, with a subsequent five points giving us the victory. Upon subsequent reflection, this remains our best national placing since a second place finish in 2007, something which all team members should be proud of. In addition, a fifth place finish out of over two hundred teams entering from across the British Isles, including Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and The Channel Islands, is a fantastic performance by anyone’s standards and makes me proud to have captained such a strong and successful team.
Source: CWO Romney