A 15-year-old from the Isle of Wight has been named as one of the region's top St John Ambulance Cadets for 2024.

Louise, who lives in Godshill, scooped the Hampshire & Isle of Wight District Cadet of the Year role at a recent competition. 

It means throughout the next year she will represent her fellow cadets at public and St John Ambulance events. 

To win the role, Louise had to complete a first aid challenge to demonstrate her life-saving abilities and take part in a team building exercise.

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She also had to give a presentation and was interviewed by judges. 

Commenting on the win, Louise said: “It was a huge surprise and honour to be selected, particular having been the first Island cadet to have the honour for the first time in a long time!” 

She will join several other cadets to compete for the title of overall Regional Cadet of the Year and the National Cadet of the Year. 

Louise attends the Newport All Services Unit.

Having just completed her silver award, demonstrating proficiency in eight subjects, she now aims to complete her gold award throughout 2024.  

Outside of St John Ambulance, Louise attends The Bay Secondary School in Sandown as a Year 11 student.

She is currently studying a broad range of subjects, including Art, Photography, History and Politics & Citizenship.

In the future, Louise aims to become a paramedic, and attain a T Level in Health.