Sailors spin right round in hula hoop competition

HOOP DREAMS Physical training staff from HMS Sultan during the StandEASY hula hoop challenge
HOOP DREAMS Physical training staff from HMS Sultan during the StandEASY hula hoop challenge

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IT WAS a different stand easy break for sailors at HMS Sultan as they took part in an unusual challenge.

Instead of going down to The Haven – part of the Gosport establishment’s chaplaincy for rest and recuperation, they took on the Hula Hoop Challenge.

Both civilian personnel and sailors were challenged to see how long they could keep the hoops spinning.

They were all fundraising for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

It was organised by Leading Physical Trainer Andy O’Donnell and chaplaincy worker Susie Templeton, who works for the charity.

Chief Petty Officer Liberty Tichafa beat off strong competition from the base’s physical training staff to win.

CPO Tichafa said: ‘I never thought I would win.

‘Believe it or not I have never tried hula hooping before.

‘It’s been really good for us to recognise how significant the support of the charity can be and get behind the charity.’

The event was part of the StandEASY campaign by the charity.

It sees sailors across the globe being encouraged to spend 30 minutes doing anything to raise cash to support the charity and its crucial work.

The charity supports men and women in the navy, along with their families and veterans.