Madi Taljaard has once again distinguished herself as a Cadet Biathlete at the National level. Madi attended the Cadet Biathlon Nationals at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier last week as a member of Team Nova Scotia. This talented young lady is just fresh off Cadet Zones where she won GOLD, and Nova Scotia Provincials where she won two GOLD medals. Madi produced some great results in Valcartier. In the 6 km Sprint race, she placed 9th overall in Canada. The Patrol Race produced a result of 4th position in the nation with Madi shooting clean, 10 for 10. The final race was the Mass start. In this heated 7.5 km competition, Madi placed 6th in the nation and beat everyone else in Atlantic Canada, shooting 14 out of 20 targets. In addition to her amazing talent as a biathlete, Madi was also given the Most Heart Spirit Award in the Games. With cries of “When I say Nova, you say Scotia”, the team from Nova Scotia was named the Most Spirited group at the competition. Way to go, Madi. Well done!
Operation Liberation celebrations have come to an end; however, the friendships and connections are already taking root beyond our trip. In fact, we recently received a donation to beautify our Campus Cenotaph with a Tulip Garden. These perennials have their origins in Turkey; however, they have become symbolic of the Netherlands and their liberation 75 years ago. Our campus groundskeeper, Mr. Chris Northrup, recently planted 75 tulip bulbs that will be a symbol of remembrance for the sacrifice made by our very own Black Watch Regiment during the Battle for the Scheldt Estuary in 1944.