Sea cadet teenager takes on top Navy role

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Teenager Rosie Clark has been selected to take on a prestigious role in the Royal Navy.

Rosie, 16, has been appointed one of just six navy board cadets across the country, representing east England.

The former Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy student will be able to get an insight into naval policy and the work of senior Royal Navy serving officers.

Rosie, who lives in South Kirkby, joined the Barnsley Sea Cadets when she was just 10 and has since progressed through the sections to become a petty officer cadet.

She is currently studying NVQ level three outdoor adventure and qualifications in climbing and canoeing after discovering a love for the outdoors during her time in the cadets.

The teenager has already received training in catering, first aid, engineering, boating skills, public services and has trained as a RYA dinghy instructor.

Her new role will give her an opportunity to attend formal parades, ship visits, royal occasions, opening ceremonies and presentations and awards.

Rosie’s first official engagement was at the National Sea Cadet five-a-side football competition at RAF Cranwell.

In April, she will fly to Spain to the keel-laying ceremony for the Sea Cadet Corps new national tall ship.

Rosie said: “I am thrilled and surprised to have been selected as Navy board cadet - it is an amazing opportunity to represent the sea cadets at the highest level.”