FORT ERIE CADET EARNS GOLD CROSS

Kelvin Chu

By Kelvin Chu

OTTAWA, Ont.— Jalen Czuba, proudly represented his hometown and Ontario as a part of the Royal Canadian Army Cadet National Rifle Team (RCAC NRT) competing in the Imperial Meeting at Bisley, England. This is the largest shooting festival in the nation, held annually since 1868, that attracts top marksman from all across the globe.

“The adventure of travelling and meeting people made me join the Cadets Program.” He said “It’s one decision that I would never regret.”

As part of the Royal Canadian Army Cadet National Rifle Team, Jalen’s score in this competition counted towards the Highest Possible Score award, an award only given to those who earned perfect scores. Over the past 8 weeks, he scored 12 Highest Possible Score, earning the Gold Highest Possible Score Cross presented by Major Bezanson, Officer Commanding National Rifle Team.

“Being able to represent Canada, and tour around places like Vimy Ridge in France is just exactly why I joined cadets.”

Czuba, a Grade 12 student at Fort Erie Secondary School, spent 3 weeks at Bisley, England competing in the Imperial Meeting hosted by the National Rifle Association of the United Kingdom. Upon his return to Ottawa, he also competed in the Ontario Rifle Association (ORA) matches and the National Cadet Full-bore Championship (NCFC).
Connaught Cadet Training Centre is not exclusively home to the RCAC NRT, but also the International Exchanges to England, Wales, and Scotland. The cadet program is a free program designed to develop strong citizenship and leadership qualities for youth between the ages of 12-18. The program also aims to promote physical fitness, and stimulate interest in the activities of the Canadian Armed Forces.

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