Cadet Joshua Freeman practises his paddle  techniques while canoeing on Langford Lake

Cadet Joshua Freeman practises his paddle techniques while canoeing on Langford Lake

Local cadet gets fit on West Coast

Cadet Joshua Freeman from Salmon Arm has been making friends and learning sports on the West Coast of B.C. this summer

Cadet Joshua Freeman from Salmon Arm  has been making friends and learning sports on the West Coast of B.C. this summer.

Freeman goals were to learn about sportsmanship, rules of sports and how to referee sports when he was selected to attend the Basic Fitness and Sports course this summer at Albert Head Cadet Training Centre near Victoria.

Freeman, 14, is from 222 Shuswap Squadron in Salmon Arm and has been a cadet for almost three years.

In addition to canoeing, the cadets in the Basic Fitness and Sports course participated in volleyball, soccer, sport safety, handball, dodgeball, swimming, orienteering and more. They also attended a semi-pro baseball game and a roller derby.

Freeman’s expectations were clearly met and he hopes to bring his newfound skills back to his home squadron. He now has the skills to set up and referee a number of sports.

Throughout the regular training year, Freeman will now be called upon to help lead the cadet fitness assessment, including fitness training programs and sports nights.

“You get to come to camp and get paid to learn new skills and have fun. It’s a cool place to be. A small piece of heaven,” says Freeman.