Army and International Sportsmen

#1
With Rugby World Cup upon us, I recalled Tim Rodbers 'little' incident whilst playing against Sth Africa and started to try and think of other international sportsman from the Army. I know bobsled and biathlon have many service personnel but who else is there :?:
 
#2
I know of a few ex Army who now represent their countries at Football:

Maik Taylor - Ex REME (Northern Ireland)
Gary Holt - Ex RLC (Scotland)

There are probably more than this but I have only been in since '92. :eek:
 
#4
Kris Akabusi
 
#6
Princess Anne represented the UK at the Olympics at Horse Riding, I'm sure she's Colonel in Chief of a few regiments, does that count? ;)
 
#8
daylightshrubbery said:
I know of a few ex Army who now represent their countries at Football:

Maik Taylor - Ex REME (Northern Ireland)
Gary Holt - Ex RLC (Scotland)
Ex RLC????????
Do they roll him on to block up the goalmouth? :twisted:
 
#9
Nah - He was a Chef so he didn't eat the slop that he served to everyone else !!

Kelly Holmes was AGC (SPS) - apparently we are not all fat pie eaters !! :oops:
 
#10
Gareth somone or other - The Green Howards

European powerlifiting Champion, and he's only a nipper. Big bloke too , looks like he could carry the Gimpy in a shoulder holster.
 
#12
chiefwiggum said:
I know bobsled and biathlon have many service personnel but who else is there :?:
Shooting :)

At "Home Countries" level, there were several at the Commonwealth Games. Northern Ireland had a pistol shooter (regular Army) and a fullbore rifle shooter (regular RAF, won a Gold). The Scots have a STAB rifle shooter and a regular RAF shotgun manager; the Welsh had an RAFVR rifle shooter (who won a Gold); the English have an ex-regular-RAF pistol shooter who won several Gold medals.

At the GB level (for the Olympic events, anyway), it's just the English pistol shooter and the Scottish STAB, neither of whom look as if they're going to Athens...... :(
 
#13
I think the sport was the Luge (the barking mad sport where someone hurtles themselves head first on a tea-tray down a bobsled course) where we did quite well at the Winter Olympics. Our top female competitor was a crab.
 
#14
Sig Clarence Callender sprinted for UK
Capt Glen Grant was a UK middle distance runner a few years back.

Kris Akabusi was a regimental PTI with 1 PWO before the '84 Olympics and was running CFTs with the boys, organising potted sports for the families and taking wive's keep fit club only six weeks before the Games.

He was an absolute top bloke and it's a pity the Army couldn't have persuaded him to stay.
 
#17
Ma_Sonic said:
arkanstigger said:
Kelly Holmes was AGC??? Bloody Hell.
Top Totty in my opinion.
I think she's playing for the other team.....if you catch my drift.
8O Do you have pictoral evidence 8O

Preferably with that blonde pole vaulting chick :D
 
#18
Gareth Archer (England and Newcastle Falcons) - ex Royal Signals

Billy Boston - Number 1 in the Rugby League Hall of Fame - Ex Royal Signals

Gordon Banks - Ex Royal Signals
 
#19
I seem to remember a short black corporal (R Sigs) who I think was on the GB Bobsleigh team (those of you who know better can put me right - you always do!!!!) - I remember him mainly because he did a spoof 'jump out of the MFO box' stunt for a departing female subby - -and he was only wearing a leopardskin G string............gggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr..... 8O

and I was at RMAS with Nigel Castleton, lovely guy, was about to play in the England Rugby team when he was killed in an RTA........we did a presentation on Mao Tse Tung together and he completely f**cked it up.........we got 'nun pyants'.......but he was still a lovely chap.
 
#20
The Thomas twins (RLC) are both international sprinters for Sierra Leone (yeah, I know :? but at least they try and they'll probably get to the Olympics!) and Cpl Marc Walker (RLC) is in the current GB World Cup Biathlon Squad.

Henry Cooper did his National Service in the RAOC - does he count?
 

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