Gold-medal 907 Black Knight RCACS Marksmanship Team (L to R): Flight Sgt. Teresa Liao, coach Verne Brown, Cpl. Ruby Liu, Sgt. Dianna Dai, Sgt. Catherine Cui, and Leading Air Cadet Vivian Ma will represent B.C. in the National Cadet Marksmanship Championship in Victoria May 7-10. (Capt. Cheryl Major photo)

South Surrey cadets earn shot at national title

907 Black Knight Squadron team wins gold at provincial marksmanship competition

Local air cadets will be aiming for a national marksmanship title in Victoria next month, after clinching gold at the provincial competition last weekend.

An all-female team of five cadets – Flight Sgt. Teresa Liao, Sgt. Catherine Cui, Sgt. Dianna Dai, Cpl. Ruby Liu and Leading Air Cadet Vivian Ma – from the South Surrey-based 907 Black Knight Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron came away from the provincial challenge, held at CFB Esquimalt, with “numerous” medals, a news release states.

Liu won gold in junior standing individual and open standing individual, and silver in junior cumulative; Liao won silver in open prone individual and bronze in open cumulative; and Dai won gold in open prone individual.

Sixty-five air, army and sea cadets from 12 B.C. communities competed, taking aim at paper targets with a Daisy 853C air rifle. Each team had to have at least two junior cadets under the age of 15.

The group has a history of strong showings in marksmanship competitions.

Liao was on a team that placed second overall at last year’s provincial event, held in Vernon. In 2012, cadet Matthew Wong won gold at the nationals for top junior marksmanship, which goes to the cadet with the highest cumulative results.

The cadet marksmanship program is patterned on Olympic-style competitive shooting, and several Canadian Olympians got their start through the cadet program, including Pat Vamplew and Mike Ashcroft.

Capt. Cheryl Major, public affairs officer with CFB Esquimalt, told Black Press it’s not about “building soldiers.”

“It’s about building really effective, young Canadians that are successful in whatever career path they choose after they finish the cadet program.”

This year’s national competition is set for May 7-10, when two teams from each province will set their sights on the title.

The 907 Black Knight team will be joined at nationals by a team from Surrey’s 2812 Seaforth Highlanders Royal Canadian Army Cadets – Sgt. Jerry Zhu, M/Cpl. Yuning Ren, M/Cpl. Lele Cheng, M/Cpl. Grace Woo and M/Cpl. Kevin Zhang – who won silver in last weekend’s competition.

– with files from

Ragnar Haagen

Just Posted

Setting the stage for emerging performers

Variety fundraiser and ongoing open-mics showcase local talent

Four Surrey students head to New Brunswick for Canada-wide science fair

Three projects move to nationals following regional fair at KPU

Surrey resident says proposed apartment building is a ‘monstrosity’ in Whalley neighbourhood

Philip Galbraith says he voted for Safe Surrey Coalition to ‘slow down development’

Man ‘seriously’ injured in crash after driving wrong way on Highway 17: Surrey RCMP

Police say the sedan hit a transport truck, then another car

Easter ‘eggstravaganza’ event planned for South Surrey

Event is to run from 12-3 p.m. at Dufferin Park (17355 2 Ave.).

VIDEO: Alberta man creates world’s biggest caricature

Dean Foster is trying to break the world record for a radio show contest

VIDEO: Giants draw first blood in Western Conference championships

In Game 1 of the best-of-seven series between Vancouver and Spokane, the G-Men emerged triumphant

Multiple people injured after deck collapses during celebration

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. RCMP receive application for Police Cat Services

RCMP announced the launch of the Police Cat Services unit as an April fools joke

Rats available for adoption in Vancouver

In a social media post the City of Vancouver says you can adopt a rat for $5.

Kirkland Signature veggie burgers recalled due to possible metal fragments

Recalled products came in 1.7 kg packages with a best before date of Apr. 23, 2019

Chaos at the ferry terminal for people heading from Vancouver to the Island

Easter crowds create backlog at Tsawwassen ferry terminal

Parents of 13 who tortured children get life after hearing victims

One of their daughters fled their home and pleaded for help to a 911 operator

Crews battle Burnaby blaze; 2 people sent to hospital

Emergency Support Services helping residents displaced by fire

Most Read