On 21st November, 290 guests attended this years Sports Awards at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst representing a variety of sports across the board. Military personnel gathered to celebrate the achievements of our sportsmen and women from over the past year. There were representatives from all forty five sports within the Army Sport Control Board as well as representatives from the Royal British Legion, British Forces Broadcasting Service, National Governing Bodies, the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme, English Institute for Sport and also three sporting stars: Steph Twell (GB Olympic middle and long distance athlete), Joe Townsend (GB Paratriathlete) and Millie Bright (central defender for Chelsea and England).
The Chief of the General Staff General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith KCB CBE ADC introduced the awards before handing over to BFBS presenter Jon Knighton and ASCB COS Paul Leighton MBE to present the ceremony.
The category winners were:
- Sportsman of the Year: LSgt Natty Ngwenya, 1 Grenadier Guards
- Sportswoman of the Year: Sgt Danni Hodgkinson, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps
- Rising Star: OCdt Kay Bryson, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Exeter UOTC
- Sports Official of the Year: Lt Col Nav Naivalurua REME
- Team of the Year: Army Women’s Cross Country and Road Race Team
- Lifetime Achievement: Lt Col Charles Bromley Gardner MBE
- 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.
Speaking about all the nominees for this years Sports Awards, Major General Shaun Burley CB MBE said “all nominees were excellent examples of what can be achieved through hard work, commitment and talent and I would like to praise them all, not just the winners”.
The Chief of the General Staff highlighted that participation in sport within the Army develops a “fighting spirit that turns an Army into a Winning Army. A winning Army founded on comradeship, self-discipline, trust, loyalty and mutual respect”.