Ballygowan Cadets Get Maxi Honours in Mini Micks

It’s one of the most popular events in the Army Cadet calendar and, famously, one of the toughest.

[caption id="attachment_35248" align="alignleft" width="350"] Pictured celebrating their victory are (back row, from left) Cadet Lance Corporal Taylor Gribben; Cadet Sergeant Harry Shepherd; Cadet Lance Sergeant Andrew Agnew and Cadet Lance Sergeant David Spratt and, (front row, from left) Cadet Lance Sergeant Edward Smyth; Team Captain, Cadet Sergeant Patrick Shepherd; Cadet Sergeant Justin Laury and Cadet Sergeant Scott Donnelly.[/caption]

The Annual Irish Guards Military Skills competition, affectionately known as the ‘Mini Micks’, challenges Cadets to a gruelling weekend at Magilligan Training Camp where they are tested in a variety of skills including First Aid, drill, map reading, leadership, fitness, turnout, military knowledge and regimental history.

Excelling in the ‘Mini Micks’ requires an energetic combination of skill, determination and commitment, for the honours don’t come easily! Demonstrating all those qualities – and more – was the team from Ballygowan Army Cadet Force Detachment which emerged as the overall winner of the competition.   .]]>