It has been an amazing year for Army sporting achievements which were celebrated at a special awards ceremony at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where our top sportsmen and sportswomen were recognised for their achievements.
The evening was hosted Lieutenant Colonel Steve Davis and attended by General Sir Nicholas Carter, Chief of the General Staff, and attended by all ranks of the Army by athletes from a wide range of disciplines, from football to karate.
Double Olympic Rowing Champion Major Heather Stanning announced her retirement from the sport, and a return to a full-time Army career. She received a special award to recognise her achievements.
Future sporting champions were also recognised, with many of them setting their sights on the next Olympic games.
The Sports Awards winners are...
The coveted Rising Star award was won by the Army's only international track athlete, Lance Corporal Alhagie Drammeh (pictured), of Aldershot-based 4 RIFLES. "I'm over the moon right now," he said. "I wasn't expecting to win this, but I'm grateful. I'm happy."
Boxer Lance Corporal Steph Wroe was crowned Sportswoman of the Year, alongside Sergeant Dale Crossley, Sportsman of the Year; the Tidworth-based Engineer excels in the minority sport of Wakeboarding. He arrived straight from the plane, having returned from Mexico where he won the 2016 World Championships in Wakeboarding. He said he was 'absolutely stoked' to win the Army Sportsman of the Year award.
Pictured: Sportswoman of the Year, Lance Corporal Steph Wroe (right) - Boxing - receiving her award from Major Heather Stanning MBE.
Steph said: I'm extremely grateful and honoured. I never imagined I'd win such an award."
Pictured: Sportsman of the Year, Sergeant Dale Crossley - Wakeboarding (right)
Pictured: Official of the Year, WO2 Andrew Halliday - Football (right)
Pictured: Adaptive Athlete of the Year, Capt (Retd) David Henson MBE (right)
Pictured: Team of the Year, Army Karate team
Pictured: Major Unit 14 Regt Royal Artillery
Pictured: Minor Unit AFC Harrogate
Pictured: Lifetime achievement award for Mr Brian Mower
Major Heather Stanning hangs up her oars
Major Heather Stanning was recognised with a special award from Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Nicholas Carter. She announced that she was hanging up her oars, retiring from the sport and would not be defending her title in the next Olympic Games.
She said: "I've been incredibly fortunate to have had the rowing career I've had. I feel very lucky to have met with the people and worked with the coaches I have, and especially Helen and Robin and formed the partnership we've had for the last six years."
Pictured: Major Heather Stanning MBE, Double Olympic Gold medallist.