Rugby cadet competes for trip of a lifetime

Matthew Hewish
Matthew Hewish

A Rugby cadet has been showing off his leadership skills with the trip of a lifetime up for grabs.

Matthew Hewish has been competing for a two-week expedition to South Africa as part of a CVQO Duke of Westminster selection event.

The Rugby Sea Cadet was one of 24 cadets at a selection event in Somerset.

Nine national finalists will win a place on two-week expedition, with one crowned overall CVQO Duke of Westminster Award winner at House of Lords ceremony on June 30, and winning a two-week expedition in July.

The event at Outposts Adventure Training in Somerset consisted of physical and mental tasks. Cadets also achieve ILM Level 3 qualification in leadership and management.

Matthew said: “I arrived for a normal unit night at cadets and found out I’d been selected, which was obviously a terrific surprise. The key to succeeding was to prove my leadership ability and, above all, listening skills.

“South Africa is the ultimate prize and it would be great to go there to support the local communities.”

The candidates were nominated by their cadet units in recognition of their desire to help those around them, overcome personal challenges or demonstrate community spirit.

Their leadership skills were tested by physical team-building tasks, challenging group debates, strategy tests and interviews.

CVQO is a vocational education charity in the UK that provides an alternative route to employment and higher education for its learners.