Nicole off to national champs

Mosgiel St John Youth Cadet Nicole Bremer is preparing to represent her division at the national championships.

Nicole (15), of Mosgiel, was the only cadet from her division selected to compete at the event in Rotorua in April.

She and other cadets vying for the chance to showcase their skills at the annual competition attended selection camps last year.

Nicole's mother, Liz Bremer, said two Dunedin cadets were also selected.

''They take just 25 from the South Island,'' she said.

Mrs Bremer, the Mosgiel St John Youth Cadets assistant divisional manager, said Nicole had been involved in the programme for about six years.

It was the first time she had been selected to compete at the national championships.

Nicole and her fellow Mosgiel cadets also recently received recognition for their achievements during 2013.

They were awarded certificates and trophies at a prizegiving held in December, for completing badges and entering competitions.

Special prizes went to cadet of the year Daniel Brown (18), best uniform Reilly Hosking (10), most improved cadet Brianna Nicholl (15), most promising cadet Caitlin Herbert (12), and district manager's award recipient Liam Sheridan (12).

Nicole, Daniel, Brianna and Emma Stewart (16) were also honoured for community work they had done as senior cadets.

Mosgiel St John Youth Cadets meet every Wednesday night of the school term at the Mosgiel St John station.

Anyone aged between 8 and 18 years can join.

Those interested can contact St John Coastal Otago District youth manager Glenys Riach on 474-3900.

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