Forfar cadet strikes gold for 2231 Squadron

Iona with the trophy she won at the national finals at RAF Cosford.
Iona with the trophy she won at the national finals at RAF Cosford.

Forfar air cadet Iona Townsley has struck gold at an international athletics competition held recently at RAF Cosford in Shropshire.

Iona (16), a sixth year pupil at Forfar Academy, won silver at the same event last year for throwing the discus - but was delighted to go one better this year.

Cadet Corporal Townsley was representing 2231 (Forfar) Squadron, which she has been a member of for two and a half years.

Her achievements are even more remarkable as, unlike the majority of the other competitors, she has received no personal coaching but instead has coached herself throughout.

Iona travelled down to the event after competing at Wing heats, starting in Aberdeen.

Representing the Forfar squadron in May, she won gold for the discus and silver for the javelin and high jump at Aberdeen.

This took her on to represent North East of Scotland and Northern Ireland at an event at Grangemouth at the end of May, winning gold in the discus.

This then secured her place at the national finals at RAF Cosford, this time representing Scotland and Northern Ireland at the top event which was attended by over 100 ATC outfits from throughout the UK.

Iona is now hoping to use her experiences with the ATC to good use and hopes to go on to learn to fly.

She has already started her Advanced Gliding Training and has completed several training flights on advanced circuits.