Phillips duo lap up medal wins at Sea Cadet Kayak Regatta

Dervock’s Gracious and Connor Phillips have returned from London where they took part in a Sea Cadet Kayak Regatta at the Excel Centre next to Canary Wharf.

Coleraine High School pupil Gracious had a go in three events the Sprint, Marathon and Mixed Doubles whilst older brother Connor who is studying sport sciences at the NRC Coleraine had a go in the sprint and marathon event.

Kayaking is a fairly new sport to the pair and they had been training three sessions a week for six weeks up at Antrim Boating Club at Lough Neagh with Northern Ireland Sea Cadets under the guidance of Jimmy Blair Chairman of T.S.Waveney Ballymena.

The good news is that Gracious achieved two gold medals and a silver for her endeavours and Connor took home two bronze medals from the senior events.

Dad Steven a member of the Dervock and District Residents Association said: “This is a fantastic achievement as we head towards next year with the 2012 Olympics very much in the minds of the people of Dervock with all the celebrations centred around Dervock’s very own Kennedy Kane McArthur.”

The event was an national event organised by the Sea Cadets all over Great Britain and collectively Northern Ireland Cadets brought back 40 medals consisting of 22 golds, 9 silvers, and 9 bronze and to top it all off they lifted 4 of the 5 possible national cups.

If you’re interested in the many and varied activities the Sea Cadets do please check out your local unit where a hearty welcome is always there for new recruits.