High-flying cadet nominated for Young Citizen Award

09:00 17 August 2014

Young Citizen Award nominee Sayankan Sivakumar from Ilford

Young Citizen Award nominee Sayankan Sivakumar from Ilford


A teenager who has travelled across the world to represent the Royal Air Force has been nominated for a Young Citizen Award.

Sayankan Sivakumar has been put forward for the 
accolade in recognition of his work as an Air Cadet with 282 Squadron, based in East Ham.

The 19-year-old, who lives in Stainforth Road, Ilford, has risen to the ranks of 
Cadet Corporal.

Earlier this year he represented the London Wing Air Cadets at the Sun ‘n’ Fun Air Show in Florida.

The event aims to preserve and enhance the 
future of flight through world class events and the education of people of all ages. The air show which he worked on is the second biggest in the world, run by volunteers from around the world. Sayankan was supported with a £300 grant from the Jack Petchey Foundation, which nominated him for the award.

The youngster worked as a marshal where his role was paramount in lining up the aircraft for take-off and landing.

More than 10,000 aircraft were involved in the air show, ranging from commercial aeroplanes to fighter jets.

With other representatives from the Kent and Sussex Air Cadet Wings, Sayankan worked alongside members of the US Air Force and Civil Air Patrol.

Speaking after the event, he said: “The days were long and challenging and we worked from 5 in the morning until 8 at night, but we put mind over matter and got the job done.

“When Sun ‘n’ Fun had four times the amount of people expected show up, they needed a hand and we gave them two. Even US newspapers, radio and TV approached us for interview and congratulated us on what a wonderful job we were doing.”

A spokesman for the Jack Petchey Foundation paid tribute to Sayankan’s dedication and hard work.

He said: “While the main aims of the cadet programme is to provide citizenship training and skills useful in both service and civilian life, it encourages a practical interest in aviation, and it is enthusiastic individuals like Sayankan who also inspire the next generation to become a part of the RAF community.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

The Exchange Shopping Centre in Ilford High Road.

Proposals to build 200 housing units on top of the Exchange Shopping Centre car park in Ilford, have been submitted to Redbridge Council.

Yesterday, 17:17
Cllr Keith Prince is the Conservative candidate for Redbridge and Havering in the London Assembly elections

Former Redbridge council leader and 12 years Barkingside councillor, Keith Prince, wants to stand up for his community.

Yesterday, 16:57
Photo of a curry. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Today marks the start of a special week to celebrate one of the nation’s favourite foods – curry.

Yesterday, 15:47
Celebrating Langar free food was given out by Sikhs taken fromm the Gurdwara in Seven Kings to Ilford Town Centre. The event was to raise awareness and was a national campaign where Sikhs up and down the country took part

There wasn’t a single samosa left after volunteers handed out food in a street to raise awareness of an ancient Sikh tradition.

Most read news


Amazon: Everything you want to buy all in one place!

With £1,500 to spend online at Amazon, there’s really nothing you can’t buy.

You'll be stocked up on toiletries  for a while!

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more.

Digital Edition

Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder