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Sudbury army cadets earn coveted awards at national biathlon championship

Henri Jean Lefebvre named top male athlete, while Audrey Dumais honoured as outstanding cadet official

A pair of Sudbury army cadets brought home hard-earned hardware from National Cadet Biathlon Championship in Valcartier, Que. 

Henri Jean Lefebvre from 2912 Irish Regiment of Canada Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps earned the Nikki Keddie Trophy on March 7. The trophy is given to the top male and female cadet in the junior category (ages 12-14) who have the best combined individual results. 

Chief Warrant Officer Audrey Dumais, also from 2912 Irish Regiment of Canada Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, was the co-recipient of the Bruno St-Onge Award, created to recognize outstanding cadet officials who contributed to the championship. 

In order to organize and run races, 52 cadet-officials are required daily.

The National Cadet Biathlon Championship is four intense days of skiing and marksmanship featuring the very best cadet biathletes from each province and territory. About 130 cadets competed this year.

“To all of the competitors, congratulations for your hard work and determination,” said Brigadier General Dave Cochrane, commander of the National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group. “Your family, friends, corps, squadrons, coaches, regions, provinces and territories are all very proud of you and what you have accomplished this week, well done to all of you.

“I would like to thank all of the cadet coaches, officials and support personnel. We are proud of you and the valuable contributions you have made and continue to make to the cadet program whether it is here at a national event or in your communities at your corps and squadrons. You are great examples of the leadership and professionalism that the cadet program strives to have for its members.”