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Sailors pass out with a performance of prowess

AGILE A member of PTQ59 flies during the vaulting demonstration.

AGILE A member of PTQ59 flies during the vaulting demonstration.

 

PASSING out ceremonies are usually done on parade grounds in regimented conditions.

But when these six Royal Navy physical trainers finished their gruelling training course, they did it in style.

The sailors marked the end of their training with a spectacular display of strength and agility at HMS Temeraire in Portsmouth.

The hour-long display included many of the traditional skills which are taught on the course, including club swinging, rope climbing, and gymnastics.

Having completed the course, all six will be posted to ships and shore establishments as Leading Physical Trainers.

Warrant Officer Class 1 Paul Nash is Temeraire’s training officer.

He said: ‘It was pleasing that so many guests were able to see the display, which represents such an important day in the career of navy physical trainers.

‘It is a small, select specialisation within the Royal Navy but it is rich in quality and its standards are of the highest order.

‘We firmly believe that the six qualifiers have demonstrated all the necessary attributes that are needed to join this unique specialisation.’

The course includes circuit and weight training, strength and conditioning, fitness testing, sports science, diet, and nutrition.

Students also cover basic coaching skills in a variety of sports including football, hockey, volleyball, and boxing.

The Open University recognises the quality of training given to the recruits by automatically awarding all students who pass a foundation degree in sports and fitness.

Among the students was Leading Physical Trainer Luke Steele, 29.

He will now take up a post at HMS Collingwood in Fareham.

He said: ‘The course has been extremely challenging in all aspects, but I have developed my character and look forward to starting my new career.’

The other students passing out were Tim Scrivener, Kriss Young, Liam Short, James Best, and Sarah Rushton.

 

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