It’s a Knockout! Navy sailors battle it out in a fun fitness challenge

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GIANT pillows, silly costumes, and bouncy castles aren’t among the items you would usually associate with the Royal Navy.

But sailors at Portsmouth Naval Base put all of these things to good use in a charity fitness day.

An It's A Knockout style tournament was held at Portsmouth Naval Base to raise money for charity. (left to right), Lee Croft, and Lewis Dugan.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (133344-4)

An It's A Knockout style tournament was held at Portsmouth Naval Base to raise money for charity. (left to right), Lee Croft, and Lewis Dugan.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133344-4)

The event was inspired by the 1960s BBC comedy show It’s a Knockout, in which people would take part in bizarre challenges for a trophy.

Servicemen and women dressed up and formed teams in the gymnasium at HMS Nelson before taking it in turns to battle each other in a series of games.

Leading Physical Trainer Pete Sapey, 33, from Southsea, organised the event.

He said: ‘Everybody has had a busy year at Portsmouth Naval Base so it was a chance for everyone to have a bit of fun.

05/12/13  SB''An It's A Knockout style tournament was held at Portsmouth Naval Base to raise money for charity. (left to right), Pete Sapey, Albert Fernandez MBE, Matthew Short, actress Lynne McGranger who started the proceedings, Paul Nash, Zoe Moxiey, and George Yates. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (133344-7)

05/12/13 SB''An It's A Knockout style tournament was held at Portsmouth Naval Base to raise money for charity. (left to right), Pete Sapey, Albert Fernandez MBE, Matthew Short, actress Lynne McGranger who started the proceedings, Paul Nash, Zoe Moxiey, and George Yates. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133344-7)

‘It was also raising money for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity because they help us so much and it’s a bit of a morale booster for everyone just before we come up to some Christmas leave.

‘Obviously, fitness is important for us in the navy as well so the whole challenge encompasses all the things that are important, like courage and teamwork.’

Each team that entered the competition donated a selection box, which will all be given to youngsters in the children’s ward of Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.

The event was officially launched by Australian Home and Away actress Lynne McGranger, who is at the Kings Theatre in Southsea in its pantomime this year.

She plays Carabosse in the production of Sleeping Beauty.

Lynne told The News: ‘Being able to open the event was great because it seems like a nice bit of fun for the sailors at the end of the 
year.

‘I could use some of their strength to help me with all the panto rehearsals at the moment.

‘They deserve to have a bit of fun and to have the chance to let their hair down after everything they do.’

Sleeping Beauty opens at the Kings on Monday.

Lynne added: ‘Rehearsals are coming along well and everybody is working hard. It’s full-on.

‘I was here in Portsmouth three years ago and it’s always nice to be able to come back.’

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