Last night the British Army celebrated the achievements of their top Sportsmen and Sportswomen at the Army Sports Awards Ceremony last. Hosted by the Chief of the General Staff General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, the Army Sports Awards recognised the success of the Army’s remarkable athletes across a wide range of sporting disciplines both nationally and internationally.
Held at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst the ceremony provided a unique opportunity for senior Army Personnel and guests, to meet Army sports men and women and celebrate their achievements. Representatives of every sport played in the Army were present at the Awards ceremony, as well as members of sports governing bodies and sporting associations.
Sport today is a vital part of the Army’s identity and its lifeblood Chief of the General Staff
The General also reminded the audience about the other purpose of the event: “This is about getting the whole Army back into Sport, reminding ourselves why we love it and why it’s important”The evening, which was sponsored by the RBL, was attended by 290 guests, and was shown live on Forces TV.
The winners of the categories were:
- Sports Man of the Year; LSgt Natty Ngwenya, 1 Grenadier Guards
- Sports Woman of the Year; Sgt Danni Hodgkinson, Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps
- Rising Star; OCdt Kay Bryson, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
- Lifetime Achievement; Lt Col Charles Bromley Gardner
- Team of the Year; Army Women’s Cross Country and Road Race Team
- The Army UK Sports Trophies for the best Major and Minor Unit were presented to 8 Training Battalion, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and 160 Provost Company, Royal Military Police by the Chief of the General Staff. These trophies are awarded in recognition of participation in and support to sport at all levels.
Sport is a key activity in the Army as the qualities engendered through participation are the same qualities required of soldiers in battle. Participation in Sport also empowers soldiers and develops leaders. The Army places a high importance on all sport and makes opportunities available to personnel to compete and officiate at the highest levels.