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Reserve Forces & Cadets Association
Northern Ireland



11 August 2021

Holywood teenager Tamzin McMullan has been appointed to serve as Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for the County Borough of Belfast.

The Sullivan Upper student takes on a largely ceremonial year-long role during which she will attend Mrs Fionnuala Jay-O'Boyle, CBE, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the city, on major civic occasions.  In recognition of the award she will be entitled to wear a special insignia on her uniform throughout her year in office.

An active and enthusiastic Cadet, Tamzin is progressing through the cadet syllabus with ease, and has already attained the rank of Cadet Corporal.   Described as being ‘ahead of her peer group in commitment and determination to succeed’, Tamzin is a valued and popular member of her unit; good humoured, energetic and dynamic;  intelligent and articulate.

Her apparently boundless energy is evident not only in the Cadets but in her numerous extra-curricular activities which include playing for her school Netball and Hockey teams, studying musical theatre, classical singing, piano and violin and being a member of the Ulster Youth Choir. 

Tamzin loves the outdoors and has a keen interest in skiing, rock climbing and watersports. She assists in her spare time as a Volunteer Climbing Wall Instructor at her local club where she also helps to run bouldering classes. She doesn’t keep her hockey skills for the school team either, as she is a volunteer coach for the under 11s with the Northern Ireland Civil Service Hockey team. 

She is pictured with her proud mum, Kathy, and Mrs Fionnuala Jay-O'Boyle, CBE, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the County Borough of Belfast. While the ceremony to mark the conferral of her prestigious award was socially-distanced, Tamzin is already looking forward to a busy year ahead as restrictions lift.