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Ex LOGISTIC BOARDER 16

An overview of the year’s snowboarding successes and news!

The annual RLC Snowboarding Championships yet again proved a great success leading to further achievements in the Army Snowboarding Championships. 

Located in the Flachau area just south of Salzburg teams from across Corps boarders gathered, ranging from old hands of the sport to those who had never set foot on a board before. The conditions were set from the off; a week intensive training, prior to focusing on specific disciplines in which each boarder competed against peers within their ability group. These disciplines being slalom and slope style.

This year saw the novice categories swell in numbers. The vast development from day one throughout the exercise and pure robustness of individuals was impressive. This is an encouraging sign for the sport as a whole; the development of the RLC team to compete as the team to chase in the Army championships in the next few years is looking promising.

The senior (open) riders kept pushing the limits of speed, agility and trick difficulties, tuning their skills for each competition and ultimately to gain a place on the Corps Team. Only a few broken bones to write home about, the team knew that they would put the Corps in good light in the forthcoming Army Champs.

Results- RLC Snowboard Championships 16

Slalom
Open Female ‘ Capt R Allen, DST
Open Male ‘ WO1 N Townley, 1 Sig Bde
Novice Female ‘ Pte S Flahant, DST
Novice Male ‘ Pte C Porter, 4 RLC

Slope Style (SS)
Open Female ‘ Capt R Allen, DST
Open Male ‘ Pte W Spiers, 13 AA Sp, 47 AD
Novice Female – Pte S Flahant, DST
Novice Male – Novice Male ‘ Pte C Porter, 4 RLC

Overall Winners
Individual Open Female Champion ‘ Capt R Allen, DST
Individual Open Male Champion ‘ Lt B Wardell, 13 AA Sp, 47 AD
Individual Novice Female Champion – Pte S Flahant, DST
Individual Novice Male Champion ‘ Pte C Porter, 4 RLC
Regimental Open Champions – 13 AA Sp, 47 AD
Regimental Novice Champions ‘ 4 RLC

 

On the back end of Ex LOGISTIC BOARDER comes the Army Snowboarding Championships.

Ex SNOW JACK 16 ‘ 13 Mar ‘ 27 Mar 16
The RLC Snowboarding team was selected from the best riders on Ex LOGISTIC BOARDER to represent the Corps at the Army Snowboarding Championships.  The 3 weeks RLC champs proved to pay dividends with Corps members picking up silverware at the Army Champs.  The Corps team had a training week prior to the Army Champs but the snow conditions were pretty poor.  However, the Glacier didn’t disappoint and the hill team and Powder Works were able to deliver a high class event even though the weather wasn’t always on our side. As a Corps we identified that our best chance at winning silverware was in the Regt Team and Female category which we will develop on next year.  On a look forward the Army Champs have grown massively over the last 5 years with Snowboarders from across the Army competing at the Brits.  The RLC riders have massive potential and we hope to have riders selected for the Army Team next year.  On the back on Ex SNOW JACK 16, WO1 Townley was selected as the deputy Army Team Manager giving the RLC a presence in the Army committee.

Results ‘ Army Snowboarding Championships 16 ‘ RLC Placings
Female Corps Team – Overall 2nd; Parallel Giant Slalom (PGS) ‘ 2nd; SS ‘ 2nd.
6 RLC ‘ Overall ‘ 3rd; PGS ‘ 2nd; Snowboard Cross (SBX) ‘ 2nd
Individual ‘ Capt R Allen, DST ‘ Overall Female ‘ 2nd; PGS ‘ 3rd; SS ‘ 2nd; SBX ‘ 2nd
Individual Under 21 –  Pte G Adams, DST ‘ 2nd

RLC Snowboarders would like to thank their CoC and the Corps for supporting the sport whether through authorisation to attend the exercises, advise and guidance on getting teams or individuals to and from the Flachau or supporting with grants.

 

Future Events

Ex SNOWMETHOD ‘ 8 ‘ 22 Oct 16.
If you boarded before and want to start getting your instructor qualification, then Ex SNOWMETHOD is a great chance to do this. A week spend achieving BASI Level 1, followed by a concentrated Slope Style camp.

Ex LOGISTIC BOARDER 17 ‘ 14 Jan ‘ 4 Feb 17.
Fancy snowboarding and never set foot on a board, this is the exercise for you! Professional qualified instruction will get you up to speed and jibbing around the mountains in no time. Equally if you already board, open riders develop their skills further.

For more information about RLC Snowboarding contact the Corps Captain ‘ WO1 Nicholas Townley through DII or via the RLC Snowboarding page on Facebook.

The Royal Logistic Corps

The Lifetime Achievement award goes to....Lt Col Fiona Gordon’s sporting career spans nearly 30 years where she has represented both the RLC and Army, as well as her running club, at cross country, athletics and trail running. Such achievements are worthy of recognition but, equally impressive, has been her dedication, energy and leadership that has inspired, encouraged, and mentored hundreds of athletes, particularly women, to participate in sport. These factors epitomise the very essence of the Lifetime Achievement Award.During her career Col Fiona has won over 60 individual titles (from unit to national master’s level) in all running disciplines ranging from 400m to an 86-mile ultra-marathon; as well as multi-terrain duathlons. In her younger years, she was twice selected to represent the Army at the Inter-Services, at a time when there was only one team of six. As a Corps sportswoman, there can’t be many (if any) athletes who, not only still finish in the top five in their Corps, but then go on to represent their Corps at the Inter-Corps Championships every time. Perhaps equally unique, she is also possibly one of the few left in the Corps that were awarded their Corps colours (for both cross country and athletics) following its formation in 1993. And, remarkably at age 51 she still finished 4th RLC female at the Corps and Inter Corps Championships. ... See MoreSee Less
The Hemming Belt is awarded to.....This season has been a Royal performance from LCpl Megan Reid culminating in her being crowned as the Scottish National Champion. She began boxing after joining The RLC in 2013 and she won an RLC title in her first season as a boxer. Thereafter, she entered the Army Individuals' Championships that same year where her natural talent shone through and she was crowned champion. Given her Scottish heritage, the following season she entered the Scottish Championships, and was narrowly beaten in the final, no mean feat for her third boxing season. Her performance in the final was outstanding and resulted in her first international call up, representing Scotland in the Great Britain Championships. LCpl Reid returned to the English Championships in 2017, this time going one step further and gaining a Silver medal. Since then she has represented The RLC, Army, UK Armed Forces and Scotland at the highest level in the European Championships and twice at the World Championships. LCpl Reid has represented the Corps and the Army with a style that most boxers and other sportsmen and sportswomen aspire. She is a credit to her Unit, The RLC and the Army and a role model for all aspiring athletes and soldiers. She has achieved so much in such a short space of time where, looking to the future, her Gold at her National Championships means that she is the unrivalled queen of RLC Boxing and is duly nominated for the award of the Hemming Belt. ... See MoreSee Less
The Lifetime achievement award goes to.....Cpl Keleni Drummond has been a Corps and Army sportswoman since she joined the Army in 2001 at the age of 21. Her military sporting career began on the Rugby pitch, but it did not take long for Basketball and Netball players to scout her for their respective teams; she has played all three sports at Corps level from inception. By the time of her assignment to 17 Port and Maritime Regiment in 2007, Cpl Drummond had represented the Army at Rugby, Netball and Basketball. Sadly, during an Army Rugby fixture against the Farnborough Women's Team she was badly injured and had to take a break from the pitch to focus on rehabilitation. Dedicated and focused to recuperate, by 2009 she was back fighting fit and switched her focus to both Netball and Basketball. Cpl Drummond’s sporting successes are numerous and varied where, in addition to representing the UK Armed Forces Basketball Team from 2016 - 2018, she captained the Corps Netball Team from 2012 - 2014 leading the RLC to Inter-Corps victory three years in a row, including representing the Army during this period. In spite of her previous injury Cpl Drummond put her rugby boots back on in 2019 to re-join the Corps Team in winning the Inter-Corp Rugby 10s, 15s and the Palestine Cup. She continued her successful leadership streak and captained the Army Masters Netball Team to success at the 2020 Inter-Services Championships. Corporal Drummond is one of the most decorated multi-sport sportswomen in the Corps. In her 20-year career to date she has competed at Regimental level in countless sports, but has truly flourished as a Corps, Army and UKAF player in Rugby, Netball and Basketball. Cpl Drummond represents the very best of her generation and fully deserves recognition for The RLC Sports Awards Outstanding Achievement category. ... See MoreSee Less