30 October 2015
After winning the gruelling three day-long Champion Cadet competiton, cadet RSM Maxwell Rogerson was awarded the prestigious Claire Shore memorial trophy at a ceremony at Frimley Park, the home of the Cadet Training Centre, on 30 October.
Cadet RSM Rogerson, from Sussex ACF, was crowned Champion Cadet after coming out on top against 16 other cadets from across the UK over the weekend 31 July – 2 August 2015. The competition sees senior cadets, who hold the position of Master Cadet, compete in a number of different tests including day and night-time navigation, physical fitness, command tasks and a knowledge-based written test. After cadets have completed all tasks the judges select the top three candidates who are quizzed in an interview on the final day of the competition and the winning cadet is then chosen.
The presentation at Frimley Park was delivered by Maj Gen Richard Stanford MBE, GOC Army Cadets, who after inspecting the current intake of cadets on the Master Cadet course, awarded cadet RSM Rogerson the coveted trophy in front of his family and training officers from CTC. Maj Gen Stanford praised the hard work and determination of those who aim to become Master Cadets, adding: "this course, and the Army Cadets more broadly, gives young people a much more rounded approach to life, where you can gain life skills which will set you apart from others in society".
The CEO, Coy Commander and Commandant of Sussex ACF were also in attendance to congratulate the county's first ever Champion Cadet.
Cadet RSM Rogerson has been relishing his new role and getting the chance to meet influential British Army Officers and civilians. He hopes that his achievements can inspire others: "The achievements that I have gained have all been through hard work and passion. I hope that one day I may inspire someone, even if it's just one person, that would be honour."
His words of advice for aspiring Champion Cadets:
"I always say to people who ask if the Claire Shore competition is hard, that once you’ve got to a Master Cadet level you will have been taught and trained in the high standards expected from you. When you go to the competition, as long as you prepare properly, all you have to do is do what you’ve been taught."