RAF Wittering’s star athletes recognised
Gold medal sporting excellence was recognised at Royal Air Force Wittering this winter as the Cambridgeshire Station acknowledged the physical prowess of its personnel.
First to be recognised for his outstanding achievement was judoka Lance Corporal Robert Braint, 27, of 3 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment.
In October he represented the RAF at the inter-service championships under 100 kg event.
Lance Corporal Braint went on to win individual gold and team silver medals, earning himself a place on the Combined Services Team and achieving a national ranking of 16.Next up was Senior Aircraftman James Abbott, 24, also of 3 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment. SAC Abbott was the first of his rank to ride toboggan down the infamous Cresta Run for the Royal Air Force, and was awarded his RAF colours.
Having recorded the fastest times of any member of the RAF team in 2014, he was then selected to compete in the Inter Services Championship where a respectable 9th place was obtained.
New annual awards for the RAF Wittering Sportsman, Sportswoman and Sports Team were also presented. SAC Ed Hewitt, 21, of 1 (Expeditionary Logistics) Squadron took sportsman of the year for his outstanding contribution to running at RAF Wittering.
Success at hockey and snowboarding brought the RAF Sportswoman of the year award to Squadron Leader Claire Collis, 35, Commanding Officer of No. 3 (Mobile Catering) Squadron.
The Sports Team of 2014 award was taken by RAF Wittering’s proudly successful runners. The team has had a great twelve months; topping the Lincolnshire Road League for a second year and winning at the RAF Benson and RAF Henlow road races.
Acting Station Commander, Wing Commander Andy Valentine, said: “Sport is very much a part of the RAF ethos; it develops teamwork, physical fitness and has a very positive effect on the readiness of our personnel to deploy.”
“Everyone here has done exceptionally well. To succeed at sport takes real dedication, and that’s what we’ve seen at RAF Wittering today. All today’s winners can be very proud.”