Being part of the Sea Cadets has helped massively because outside of cadets I’ve been funding it all myself.

Alex Ludlow

The squads are made up of five members who train with the team but don’t compete, one reserve and three competitors. This year Alex skipped reserve and went straight into the team, a huge achievement.

The competition will see Alex and his two teammates complete as many highly-skilled moves – from loops to cartwheels – in a 45 second period. They will do three runs, and the best two are counted towards their score.

Speaking about his time with Sea Cadets, Alex said: “Being part of the Sea Cadets has helped massively because outside of cadets I’ve been funding it all myself. I’m classed as a young carer for my dad, and he can’t do much work and my mum tries to earn as much as she can, so I’ve had to pay for it all. I’m only 16 so I don’t have a huge wage.”

During his time with the cadets, Alex has been able to regularly kayak, completing many courses and becoming a fully-qualified kayaking instructor. He’s even managed to get a place at Hartpury College and University Centre, one of the leading sports education centres in the UK.

“I think I use Sea Cadets as an escape from home, not that it’s a bad thing but it’s just nice to get out of the house which is part of why I did it. Now that I’ve made the team it feels like it has all been worth it. It’s an honour to represent my country and next year I’ll definitely be aiming for worlds, which would be a big achievement.”

Sea Cadets Captain Phil Russell, said: “Alex really embodies the Ethos and values of Sea Cadets. He's shown great determination and self-discipline to be in this position and everyone at Sea Cadets is immensely proud of his achievements. We wish him and the rest of Team GB every success at the competition.”

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