WORKING hard as a volunteer has seen Catherine Wright named Cadet of the Year.
The 15-year-old joined St John Ambulance seven years ago and determination saw her named the best in the district at a ceremony.
Catherine, a Year 11 pupil at Wykeham House School in Fareham, beat dozens of others to scoop the title.
She will now represent fellow cadets from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight throughout the year at public and St John Ambulance events.
She said: ‘Being District Cadet of the Year is very important to me. I’m incredibly lucky to receive the honour.
‘I want to give my all to St John Ambulance and being District Cadet of the Year means I now have the opportunity to help others in my area to become the best that they can be.’
To win the title Catherine, from Gosport, took part in a competition designed to single out the district’s most outstanding cadet.
She had to complete a first aid challenge to demonstrate her life-saving abilities, including CPR, take part in a debate, and give a presentation and be interviewed by judges.
The teenager said the whole experience gave her opportunities from learning first aid to travelling abroad.
‘Being in St John Ambulance is amazing, I absolutely love it,’ she added.
‘I’ve learned so much, have experienced so many things, made some great friends and it’s boosted my confidence too.
‘I want to be an ambassador for St John Ambulance and its youth so that more people can learn about the valuable life-saving work we do.’
Catherine will now go on to compete for the title of overall South East Regional Cadet of the Year and National Cadet of the Year in April.
Jo Gardner, regional youth manager, said: ‘I hope Catherine enjoys the year in office.
‘I’m sure she’ll make the most of all of the opportunities offered and encourage more young people to learn the skills that can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.’