All round athlete Sara Daffy of 2160 (Sleaford) Squadron has won the Sports Cadet of the Year award for the whole of the Air Training Corp in the country for 2014.
A nationwide organisation with over 45,000 cadet members, the Air Cadet movement prides itself on the sporting opportunities it offers its members. Legendary sprinter Linford Christie began his sporting career as an Air Cadet.
Eighteen-year-old Sara admitted she was both surprised and delighted to receive the trophy from the Air Cadet Chief of Staff, Group Captain John Lawlor, at the recent ATC national swimming championships at RAF Cranwell, having previously won the regional award.
A talented all rounder, Sara has represented her squadron and competed at all stages up to national level in track and field athletics, as a netball player and as a hockey player. She is also a very keen footballer.
She said: “I was at the swimming event, which ironically is the one area I don’t do well in, when it was announced that I was to be the ATC Sports Cadet of the Year; I was very surprised. I guess my strengths have to be in athletics, hockey and netball but I really enjoy five-a-side football.”
Officer Commanding Sleaford Air Cadets, Flight Lieutenant Mel Walker, said: “Sara has really blossomed as an athlete during her time with the Air Cadets.
“She has not only achieved much on her own part but has encouraged her fellow cadets by example and demonstrating her considerable coaching skills. We are immensely proud of her.”
Her latest accolade means that Sarah now holds the title of Sports Cadet of the Year at wing, regional and national levels, underlining her undoubted standing as an outstanding young sports woman.
Sara is pictured with her Sports Cadet of the Year trophy.