Army Cadets from across Wales have completed a virtual physical challenge thanks to former rugby star Sam Warburton.

The former Wales and British Lion rugby captain, endorsed a programme to help keep cadets physically active during and after the lockdown.

Sam provided access to training programmes developed by his Gym SW7 and encouraged all in the Cadet movement in Wales to be a bit more active. The challenge was masterminded and sponsored by the Hon Col Cadets Wales, Colonel Alan Peterson OBE.

The competition involved a six minute set of exercises including press ups, sit ups, star jumps and a beep test.  All set against the clock.

There were four participation categories under 15’s male and female and over 15’s male and female with each of the three Wales ACF counties undertaking training and local competitions in order to select representatives for the All Wales Finals.

On Saturday 12th June under the watchful eye of local and national adjudicators members of Clwyd and Gwynedd, Gwent and Powys and Dyfed and Glamorgan Army Cadets completed the virtual challenge via zoom.

The final results were:


Category Name County Position
Female Cadets aged under 15 years Cdt Ffion Jones-Morris A Coy Gwent & Powys 1
Cdt Amelia Harrison-Hickman Clwyd & Gwynedd 2
Male Cadets aged under 15 years Cdt Louis Miles-Owen A Coy Gwent & Powys 1
Cdt Robert Laidlaw Clwyd & Gwynedd 2
Female Cadets over 15 years CSM Sally Murton-Davies A Coy Gwent & Powys 1
Cpl Madisyn Morgan A Coy Dyfed & Glamorgan 2
Cdt Mollie Dibble E Coy Gwent & Powys 3
Cdt Keira Sproston Clwyd & Gwynedd 3
Male Cadets over 15 years LCpl Daniel Da Silva Figueira Coy Dyfed & Glamorgan 1
Cdt Tristan Greenland Clwyd & Gwynedd 2


Hon Colonel for Wales Alan Peterson, who sponsored the competition, said, “I enjoyed seeing the determination and effort from our Cadets, coupled to the support from the parents – very inspirational.  The prime mover for me was to come up with a challenge to help break, in some small way, the whole Covid-19 impact. In my opinion, our young people have had the worst thrown at them – disruptive schooling, missing friends, sometimes difficult times at home with parents under all sorts of pressure, not being able to enjoy great teenage fun etc. My continued proximity to NSPCC and ChildLine provides me with proof, fortunately Sam understood completely, which is why he was so keen to help. Giving the financial support with decent prizes was important, as money is short in many families.”

Colonel Cadets Wales Col LT Williams said “We are indebted to Colonel Alan and Sam for their support to this important initiative.  It was an added incentive as we slowly return to face to face training and it was a delight to see participants from across all three Welsh counties.  I would also like to thank the families and county staff who supported the competition and on the day made it happen.”

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