Cadets are on the mark

Inkerman Training Group Team, Left to Right, Sergeant James Sawer (16) from Mossblown, Corporal Euan McGerty (15) from Prestwick, Corporal Jade Strachan (16) from Maybole, Corporal Andrew Murray (16) from Kilmarnock, Lance Corporal Chloe White (16) from Girvan and Corporal Lee Fairbairn (16) from Kilmarnock

Inkerman Training Group Team, Left to Right, Sergeant James Sawer (16) from Mossblown, Corporal Euan McGerty (15) from Prestwick, Corporal Jade Strachan (16) from Maybole, Corporal Andrew Murray (16) from Kilmarnock, Lance Corporal Chloe White (16) from Girvan and Corporal Lee Fairbairn (16) from Kilmarnock

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A team of army cadets from the south Ayrshire area recently took part in a shooting competition.

The competition was of course to find the winning team, but it was also to determine which team will represent the battalion in the Scottish championships in the spring of 2015.

In the Inkerman Training Group team were local Carrick cadets Jade Strachan from Maybole and Chloe White from Girvan.

The team won the competition this year by successfully defending their crown.

All are members of the West Lowland Battalion Army Cadet Force who has 34 detachments dotted throughout Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and Dumfries & Galloway.

On Saturday the team were on the outdoor range at Dechmont near Cambuslang firing the A2 rifle – the standard issue to regular and reserve soldiers.

Even although it was a bitterly cold day, some very respectable results were returned.

On the Sunday, the cadets all fire the .22 rifle on the 25 metre Indoor Range at their Headquarters in Seaforth Road in Ayr.

Second Lieutenant Kevin Jardine, the Range Conducting Officer said; “I would like to thank my staff who operated as Safety Supervisor to run a very successful and enjoyable competition.

“Some very good shooting results were returned by many of the cadets which are very encouraging results.

“We may have some potential future Olympians in target shooting in our ranks to look forward to.”