Thunder Bay Cadet Tops Cadet Sailing Course


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THUNDER BAY – Sea Cadet Kristy Vannieuwenhuizen from Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps VINDICTIVE in Thunder Bay, ON was recently awarded the Army, Navy and Airforce Veterans (ANAVETS) Medal of Merit for the top cadet on the Sail Coach Course. Cadet Vannieuwenhuizen was judged to be the top cadet out of 22 candidates from across British Columbia and the Prairies attending the six week CanSail certified course at HMCS QUADRA Cadet Summer Training Centre (CSTC).

The ANAVETS medal of medal of merit is awarded to the top cadet in each senior course at Cadet Summer Training Centres across Canada. Kristy was selected based on her overall achievement on the course, leadership qualities, instructional abilities, dress and deportment, motivation, and cooperation with others.

Katrina spent the past six weeks in Comox at HMCS QUADRA learning advanced sailing skills, instructional techniques, and participating in numerous regattas throughout the summer. She is part of the first ever CanSail certified coaches in the new Sea Cadet Programme.

“Sea Cadets has not only taught me to be a leader, but also to be a good follower and listener. This summer at QUADRA, I was able to be part of a great team of talented and skilled sailors and make friends with Cadets from all across Canada,” said the 17 year old sailor.

HMCS QUADRA Sea Cadet Summer Training Centre recently completed its 56th year of operations and trained over 1000 cadets throughout the summer. The training centre is located in Comox, BC. Royal Canadian Sea Cadets is a national youth program jointly sponsored by the Department of National Defence / Canadian Forces and the civilian Navy League of Canada. For more information on Sea Cadets, please visit

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