David Leslie Winner 2023 – Maria Goode

Maria initially joined us as her brothers started with marshalling. Rather than sitting on the sidelines, she helped out anyway. So, when she was old enough to actually marshal, she already knew how it all worked. 

Maria is very organised, giving me less to keep a check on. She has done particularly well this year with showing taster day cadets what we do and helping to get them involved. Her guidance is also helping our newest cadets to settle in and build confidence. 

Maria works well with cadets visiting us as part of a taster day. She shows them how assembly and race control operates and encourages them to get involved.

Maria has also been interviewed a couple of times over the last two years by Paul O’Neill – as part of his work with the Civic Cup. Each time, she explained what she was doing and does not seem particularly shy in front of the camera.

Maria is happy to mentor new cadets and help to build their confidence. She is also a natural leader of the current cadets we have – delighting in organising their tasks in a pleasant manner. Maria’s organisation skills and leadership helps to spread responsibility within the assembly area and removes worry.