A BAE Systems engineer is back at work after downing tools and taking on the role in Team GB’s skeleton team at the Winter Olympics.
Dave Moy, who joined the company after spending 34 years as a marine engineer in the Royal Navy, flew to Sochi in Russia with athletes and members of the team.
The 52-year-old was team manager – something he says is going to have an impact on how he does his day job.
‘I used to do quite a lot of yacht racing,’ he said. ‘I met Rachel Blackburn who was a sled designer and she said about me leaving the Royal Navy and asked me for some help with a design. They asked if I wanted to work for them at weekends. It was around the time I started working with BAE.
‘I was building sleds with them at weekends and when I finished, they asked if I could approach BAE and see if I could join the race team.’
Since then, Dave has gone on to be team manager and sled technician at the World Championships and World Cup.
After the selection process for the Winter Olympics, four people were selected.
‘They needed a support team for that and I was fortunate enough to be one of them,’ said Dave.
‘I went out there at the start of February. It was incredible.
‘From the opening ceremony to the events, everything was wonderful.
Dave is project manager looking after Type 23 frigates.
‘It has increased my leadership and project-running skills,’ he said.
‘It was a massive challenge to look after four athletes and all the staff.’
His secondment to Sochi forms part of an £800,000 agreement between BAE Systems and UK Sport where both summer and winter sports and athletes will had access to engineering expertise and technology throughout the Games in Sochi and will do in the run-up to Rio 2016.
Rory Fisher, managing director of BAE Systems Maritime Services said: ‘We are committed as a business to developing our personnel to meet any customer challenge. Dave’s secondment to the Great British Team at Sochi gave him the opportunity to enhance his skills development which he can now transfer to his team here in Portsmouth.’