Soldiers Stage their own Olympics


Ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games, more than 600 men and women from 16 Air Assault Brigade converged on Colchester Garrison’s athletic track to do battle in the full range of track and field sports.

Both 7 Regt RHA and 216 (PARA) Sig Sqn emerged victorious at the end of the day-long event as winning major and minor unit respectively. Senior Master Instructor WO1 Chris Oakes, who is in charge of physical fitness and sport, said: “An athletics competition is normally held every year as part of the Brigade sports day but, to mark the Olympics in London, we thought we’d separate out the athletics and make an occasion of it. The full range of track and field events has been run and the competition has provided the perfect opportunity for our men and women to showcase their fitness and sporting prowess. A very high standard of performance was on display across the full range of sports, which took place in a spirit of fierce but fair competition. We have seen that there are some very gifted sports people among the Brigade’s ranks. Events such as these provide a chance to identify that talent, which can be nurtured and hopefully soldiers can go on to represent their unit, the Army or the Combined Services.”

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