National success for Badgers

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Three Derry Badgers have been awarded the title of UK Champion Badgers by St. John’s Ambulance.

Ryan Johnston, aged 10, Ben Bradley-Knox and Katherine Morgan, both aged eight, of the Lisnagelvin Badgers contested the UK National Finals after winning the Northern Ireland title in March.

The three Derry Badgers attended the competition in Swindon last weekend where they competed against ten other teams, all regional finalists.

The competition took two parts. Firstly there was a puzzle solving test in which they had to match decible levels/noise pollution rates to household objects and identify recycling materials. There was then the St. John’s Ambulance, first aid scenario. The Derry school children had to diagnose and treat a casualty with several injuries within a six minute time frame.

The Derry Badgers topped the results in the first part of the competition but were awarded second prize as they finished a few points behind another group in the first aid section.

The local Badgers have sent teams to the UK finals for the last four years and congratulating this years three successful chldren, Area Badger, Linda Heaney, said: “We built on their success and are delighted with the victory. As the Badgers do not award joint first places, the Lisnagelvin badgers were awarded second prize, due to the fact that the first aid section is given precedence.”

Last years team, from Richmond Badgers, were awarded runners up prizes also.

Ms. Heaney said: “It is the best result we’ve ever achieved and it is all thanks to the cadets involved, their parents and sponsors. I would also like to thank Pear Partridge tree, Campsie for their sponsorship and Badger leader Liz Johnston for all her hard work.”

Incidentally, Liz Johnston is winning Badger, Ryan’s grandmother

Northern Ireland youth officer Yvone MacArtney and Northern Ireland Badger leader Eleanor Taylor also attended the Swindon finals.