Harriet Hulland of Milton Keynes Sea Cadets is competing against 20 of the country’s top cadets this week, to be named one of nine winners of the prestigious CVQO Duke of Westminster Award.
The challenging four-day selection event takes place in the Quantock Hills, Somerset and tests communication, teamwork and leadership skills through a variety of demanding physical and mental tasks.
As part of the selection event, each candidate will have the opportunity to earn an ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management.
The nine winners of the CVQO (Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisation) Duke of Westminster Award will be rewarded with a three week educational expedition in South Africa where they will undertake an environmental awareness course and a cultural project.
After the first day of the event, Harriet said: “I am enjoying the challenge of teambuilding and interacting with the other cadets. If I get to go on the South African trip I think it will change my perspective and make me reflect on my own life.”
Guy Horridge, CVQO CEO, said: “The final selection event is always an exciting few days, especially as this year we have 24 rather than the usual 21 cadets competing for the nine places- it’s looking like a very close contest!”
The overall Duke of Westminster Award winner will be announced at the awards lunch at the House of Lords, London on June 26.