St. John’s Ambulance National Cadet of the Year 2017
A Year 11 student from St. Michael’s School has become the St. John’s Ambulance National Cadet of the Year 2017. This marks the start of an exciting year for Mitri, who will visit Buckingham Palace for presentations and attend the Remembrance Parade in London to pay his respects.
Robert Knapman from the Llanelli Division commented “I’m so proud of Mitri, he’s the first cadet from Llanelli to win St John Cymru Wales Cadet of the Year in the 10 years I have been running Llanelli cadets”
Mitri has received many awards over the six years in which he has been going to St. John’s Ambulance in the Llanelli Division. Currently a corporal, he will eventually become Lead Cadet which is the highest rank of divisional cadet.
The first of his major achievements was being chosen to be part of 12 cadets to go to Hong Kong to compete in an International competition against many other countries.
Of the experience, Mitri said, “It was such an amazing thing to be part of and given me lifelong friends from the four corners of the globe”.
Team support for the ultimate goal
The contingency from Wales came a respectable 4th. This helped Miri to get awarded the Grand Prior Award last year which involved passing 24 subjects which included Communication with the Deaf and Blind, St. Johns Worldwide, Young Lifesaver and Care. This usually takes 3 years to complete. With this experience of competing, Mitri took up competing at divisional and county level which he won. With these wins, the team of four went to the national finals where they came second. With this record, Mitri put himself forward with the support of others to represent the division on the “Nexus” panel where they try to make the county better by bringing representatives from each division to try and improve it. After being on the panel for close to 2 years, he was elected as the Leader.
Later that year, he also became the Country Cadet of the Year after being nominated by his division where he had to present a speech, successfully pass an interview and take part in a first aid scenario. He won this and was then through to the National final to become National Cadet of the Year. This took place over two days where he competed against 10 other County Cadets of the Year. He gave another presentation and this time was interviewed by the St. John’s Director of Youth, the National Cadet Officer and the National Cadet Officer. His First Aid scenario consisted of a young man who had broken glass in the left arm and severe bleeding in the lower left leg after falling off a bike and you had to treat accordingly.
The awards evening
At the awards evening, Llanelli Division did extremely well by achieving the Deputy Young Adult of the Year, National Cadet of the Year and the Lord Aberdare Shield. The Lord Aberdare Shield is given to the division with the most duty hours, with 698 hours in the year. Mitri contributed by giving many hours volunteering in Parc Y Scarlets, Pembrey Country Park and many more venues.
Ambitions for the Sovereign Award
This year he will certainly be an exciting one for Mitri as his duties include visiting many places as National Cadet of the Year, but he is also going for the Sovereign Award, the hardest achievement awarded in St. John, where he has to demonstrate his personal skills, teamwork skills and assess his contribution to his community. He is also planning on beginning the Amalfi Award where he must set personal goals to complete. In addition, Mitri has received his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award and has started his Silver Award.
A life changing experience
Mitri added he would recommend joining St John’s Ambulance as “It has opened many doors to my future and has given me invaluable life skills and confidence. I have made new friends, not only from Wales but from around the world. It would not be an understatement to say it has been a life-changing experience for me and could be for anyone.”
Well done Mitri, you are an inspiration to pupils at St. Michael’s School and the community. For more information on St. Michael’s School ring 01554 820325 and St. John Cymru Llanelli on 01554 780606