Sporting stars in line for Army awards

Two soldiers serving with the 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (1RHA) are amongst 14 Army sports men and women who have been nominated for their outstanding individual performances in this year’s annual British Army Sports Awards to be held at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst tomorrow night, Thursday 18 November.

Lance Corporal Kaiya Glynn and Gunner Karriss Artingstall, whose unit is based at Larkhill in Wiltshire, are up for accolades in this year’s female categories at the Army Sports Control Board awards ceremony, which was postponed last year due to the pandemic.

"On behalf of the men and women of 1RHA, I would like to express our congratulations and immense pride in the sporting achievements of LCpl Glynn and Gnr Artingstall." Lieutenant Colonel Roy Taylor, Commanding Officer

Army rugby league player Lance Corporal Kaiya Glynn, a nominee for the Rising Star Award, has made her mark in the sport despite being a relative newcomer.

The Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) medic attached to the artillery regiment started her Army rugby journey in 2019, and was part of that year’s squad who celebrated an historical first by winning a national trophy

Her success on the pitch this year has seen her make top scorer of the Super League South Women’s competition and Army Rugby League’s Player’s Player 2021. 

Gnr Karriss Artingstall had us all on the edge of our seats this summer when she represented Great Britain in boxing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Whilst defeated by one point in the semi-finals by the eventual champion, she went on to win a coveted bronze medal, the first Army boxing medallist since 1948.

Creating history, she became the first female boxer to represent the British Army at the Olympics following women’s inclusion in the sport in 2012.

Karriss’ rise to prominence has been a product of the Army boxing performance pathway and the European, World and Olympic medallist is the most successful Army Boxer of the last 50 years.

She has been nominated for Sportswoman of the Year.

Previous winners of the category have included former Olympian and Coxless Pairs Gold Medallist, Major Heather Stanning OBE Royal Artillery, and Major Jennifer Kehoe MBE Royal Engineers, the former sighted skiing guide for winter Paralympian Menna Fitzpatrick. 

Speaking on the eve of the Awards, Lieutenant Colonel Roy Taylor, Commanding Officer 1RHA said:

“On behalf of the men and women of 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, I would like to express our congratulations and immense pride in the sporting achievements of LCpl Glynn and Gnr Artingstall. Their nominations for the British Army Sports Awards 2021 reflects their selfless commitment and determination to excel in their chosen sports.

"We wish both outstanding sportswomen the best of luck." Lieutenant Colonel Roy Taylor, 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery Commanding Officer

“LCpl Glynn has achieved success in football, rugby union and rugby league, receiving the accolade of Women’s Army Rugby League Players’ Player of the season, was selected for the Inter-Services Squad, and has been selected for the UK Armed Forces Squad 2022.

“In boxing, building on her European Silver Medal and World Bronze Medal in 2019, Gnr Artingstall produced a truly exceptional result in the Tokyo Olympics, reaching the Olympic semi-final and winning a Bronze Medal.

“We wish both outstanding sportswomen the best of luck.”

There are 9 categories and in this year’s awards with 14 nominees and 4 Unit categories and the event promises to be an exciting one.

Sport is at the heart of Army life; it forms part of its DNA and is an opportunity for all. Participation in sport enhances operational capability as it encourages fitness, commitment, team spirit and skill. 

The Army Sport Control Board (ASCB) was formed on 18 November 1918 by order of the Army Council (ACI 1299) it recognises and approves 47 sports ranging from martial arts to kitesurfing and water polo to modern pentathlon.