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Pride

Pride

We are like a big family at Sefton so since I came out in 2016, my unit has treated me exactly the same as before. Nothing changed and no fuss was made about the subject. It was treated as a normal day-to-day thing.

Speaking to my fellow cadets gave me a huge confidence boost. They offered help and advice on what I should say but I needn’t have worried, as the volunteers made no particular fuss about it, which was really encouraging.

I didn’t want to be treated as special and I didn’t want people to dwell on it too much – although a volunteer did tell me they are proud of me for being who I am and that will always hold a special place in my heart.

Listening to stories from other LGBT people in Sea Cadets can really help young people to find the confidence they need to be themselves, which is why I wanted to share my own experience – it might help another person who may be struggling.

I think the amount of support given by Sea Cadets towards the LGBT community is absolutely amazing and should definitely be recognised. I’ve never heard or seen any homophobic or transphobic language or behaviour, and every single person I’ve spoken to has been supportive.

Through personal experience, I can say that your sexual orientation really doesn’t matter. Try things out, do what you have to do and don’t be afraid to be yourself!

If a cadet decides to come out, let them know it’s OK and doesn’t treat them any differently. Ultimately, they’re still the same person. My parents are very pleased with the support my unit has given and I’m definitely happier now.

- Niamh, Sefton Sea Cadets 

Peregrine Trophy winner announced!

Peregrine Trophy winner announced!

The winner of the Sea Cadets category at the Royal Navy's Peregrine Trophy photographic competition has been named as OC Alessandro Aquar from City of London Unit. His picture (above) depicts Alessandro's view from the top of HMS Queen Elizabeth's 260m long runway. The Peregrine Trophy is awarded each year to a sea cadet between 14 and 17 who has taken a picture that best represents the Sea Cadets Experience. 

Alessandro, beating more than 60 other cadets, wins an offshore voyage to use on one of Sea Cadets' five offshore vessels and a trip to the Royal Navy awards ceremony in Admiralty House, London, on Tuesday 2 July.

Rowing with Theresa May

Rowing with Theresa May

Days before her resignation from post, Prime Minister Theresa May was meeting cadets at Maidenhead Unit. As the Member of Parliament for the constituency, Theresa May attended Maidenhead's Duck Derby - the town's biggest on the water community event. 

Maidenhead Unit were challenging the general public to a rowing challenge - testing how far they could row on an electric rowing machine in 60 seconds. With the leaderboard packed full of entries, the Prime Minister stepped up to give her best effort. In 60 seconds, Theresa May managed to travel an impressive 289 virtual metres. 

Cdt 1 Natasha said: "I really enjoyed meeting the Prime Minister and watching her try the rowing machine. It was nice to see her get involved. She was actually quite good!"

Commanding Officer S/Lt (SCC) Chris Edge RNR said: "We always engage with so many people and tend to recruit well from (the day) as a result. The unit is able to actively demonstrate our boat handling skills in rowing, power boating, yoling and Paddlesport which always draws spectators. 

The naming of two new RS Zests

The naming of two new RS Zests

In May, Sea Cadets hosted the first ever official naming event for two RS Zests. Sea Cadets were joined by the BMT Group, who supported Sea Cadets by donating two RS Zests for use at Whale Island Boat Station, one in recognition of the retirement of their former board member, Ian Davies.

Ian Davies was joined by Guy Tomlinson, Group Capability and Strategy Director at BMT, Cdr Chris Roberts, CO at HMS Excellent, local cadets, family, friends and staff members from BMT Group to officially name the RS Zests. As part of the event, all guests had the incredible opportunity to get out on the water with the cadets and sail the dinghies. Both RS Zests will be kept at Whale Island Boat Station and will enable the charity to give opportunities, training and qualifications to more young people in the area.

Sea Cadets takes part in Vitality 10k

Sea Cadets takes part in Vitality 10k

Congratulations to the four amazing runners who made the most of the May bank holiday weekend and ran Vitality 10k on Monday 27 May for Sea Cadets. The team, who included corporate supporters, a volunteer and an employee all completed their runs with fantastic times and great enthusiasm on a warm day in the capital. 

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