Not every teen gets to represent Canada and travel halfway across the country to compete in an international competition, however that’s exactly what Tyler Scheuerman, 14, and Daniel Kennedy, 13, youth members of St. John Ambulance St. Marys got to do. They were on the country’s contingent who took part recently at the St. John International Cadet Competition and Hong Kong International Cadet Camp which took place in January.
According to a press release, Scheuerman and Kennedy worked tirelessly over the last year “to earn a spot on Team Canada in the 2016 St. John Ambulance International Cadet Competition.”
This involved participating in a number of competitions at the local, regional and then provincial level, where they faced different first aid scenarios and challenges.
It was the first time travelling to the competition for the two local teens. “This is definitely not your usual school competition,” read the release. “To prepare, the team’s first aid skills were put to the test in fast-paced life-saving scenarios such as multi-vehicle collisions, factory explosions, natural disasters and more. The youths learned to become effective communicators, experts in healthy living, and how to assist the elderly with their ‘activities of dailyliving’.”
Team Canada placed third in Team First Aid, second in Public Speaking and third in the overall competition.
To end the trip, Team Canada was invited to share the good news with J. Ian Burchett, Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong.