A BOXING trainer has been recognised for his work in teaching the sport at a navy base in Gosport.
Former Petty Officer Errol ‘Tommo’ Thompson, who was once based at Daedalus, left the navy in 1997.
But since then he has continued to teach the sport at HMS Sultan in Gosport.
The base’s commanding officer Captain Trevor Gulley gave the former aircraft handler the award.
Errol, now working at Eaton Aerospace in Titchfield, said: ‘It’s hard for me to take this in.
‘As a boxing coach you teach people not to get caught with their guard down but this has certainly beaten me.
‘The award is a fantastic surprise, but none of this would be possible without the passion and commitment to training delivered by the coaches and trainees, without them we wouldn’t have a squad.’
Errol has remained active in other walks of service life, even raising £4,000 for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.
Darren Hoare works closely with the boxing-fanatic at HMS Sultan, coaching the winning boxers of the future.
Darren, then a marine engineering mechanic, first met Errol, a former aircraft handler, in 2000.
He said: ‘When I first met Errol he was working alongside the physical training staff here. He was such a positive person and he became a role model for me.
‘The last two years have seen Sultan’s boxing squad achieve unprecedented results against some impressive outfits and Tommo deserves a lot of the credit.’
In the 2011 to 2012 season alone Errol put in an impressive 270 hours of coaching.