CORNWALL, Ontario - Many summers of hard work has paid off for a Cornwall teenager who also happens to be a member of the Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps.
This summer Cadet Master Warrant Officer Alexander Wlodarczyk will be heading to Bisley, England to compete in the so-called 'Imperial Meeting', as a member of the Royal Canadian Army Cadet National Rifle Team.
Wlodarczyk has proven that he has the skills to compete at the international level for large bore marksmanship shooting. At the end of June, Wlodarczyk, with 17 of his peers, will meet at Connaught National Army Cadet Summer Training Centre, to partake in final practices.
"I’m really looking forward to competing in England,” said Wlodarczyk. “This is going to be a great summe."
The team will fly out June 27 and compete against hundreds of other individuals from across the world.
"(They) were not just picked out of hat – (they) all earned their position on the National Rifle Team," said Lieutenant Colonel Robert Barrette, commanding officer of the local cadet corps.
In addressing the cadets recently, Barette said national and personal pride is on the line.
"You will not only be representing your unit, hometown, or home province, but also your family and yourself – what a privilege," he said.
Cadets from across Canada, who are elected to participate in these
specialized courses, are taught the necessary theoretical, technical, and practical skills required to participate in a large-bore competiton.