After serving 10 years with the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, I transferred to 3 Royal Anglian the day following my official release.
My final two years as a regular soldier were spent as an athlete on the Army Weightlifting Team which I have been fortunate enough to carry on into my reserve service.
It all started with a beginner’s workshop in Middle Wallop, ran by one of the Army Coaches, Craig Spicer. I completely fell in love with weightlifting and decided to continue it in my own time. I followed my own programme initially, nothing too serious but enough for me to start lifting more and more.
After some time, I was asked to attend the first-ever Army Championships being held to select the team for the first Inter-Services Weightlifting Competition. It was brilliant to be selected for the team of 6 Male and 6 Female lifters that would represent the Army. I attended as many of the training days that I could and was able to fit it around my normal day-to-day duties.