Llandilo Junior Cadets Shine at Australian Fire Cadet Championships

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In a spectacular display of skill and teamwork, the Llandilo Little Devils Cadets secured second place at the Australian Fire Cadet Championships this year. The championships were proudly hosted by the NSW Rural Fire Service and the NSW Rural Fire Service Association.

Held from Monday 25 to Thursday 28 September, the competition saw teams from across the nation gather at the AGH Camps in Southwest Sydney, Douglas Park. Representing Llandilo were six dedicated cadets and two adult leaders, with the team coached by Deputy Captain Chris Ellul and Junior Coordinator Harley Montgomery.

Over four intense days, the cadets participated in eight competitive events ranging from the Portable Pump Relay to the Hose and Hydrant Drill. “The competition days were an intense and exhilarating experience for our cadets. The atmosphere was charged with anticipation, and the days were filled with a mix of challenges, teamwork, and moments of both triumph and learning,” said Deputy Captain Chris Ellul.

The Little Devils showcased their capability by securing three golds in the Two Lines, Two Lengths Drill, the Hose and Hydrant Drill, and the Two Tanker events. Additionally, they earned a silver medal in the Portable Pump Relay and a bronze in the Knapsack Response. “We couldn’t be prouder of our Little Devils, taking second place overall, with some surprising first-place individual wins, it was an incredible experience for our team,” said Deputy Captain Chris.

“To be honest, we didn’t expect it at all, and the feeling of accomplishment was overwhelming amongst the team. The first-place individual wins were the icing on the cake. Those victories were the result of individual dedication and the exceptional skills of our team. It was an honour to see their talent recognised and celebrated,” Deputy Captain Chris ended.

The Australian Fire Cadet Championships, which began in 2007 in Penrith, have grown into a biennial event attended by hundreds of cadets from around the nation. The Llandilo Little Devils have a rich history with the Championships, having competed since its inception.

With such a commendable performance this year, the Llandilo Little Devils have not only made their community proud but have also set a high bar for future championships.

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