Year of sporting challenges ends with air engineers’ win

Captain Trevor Gulley presents the Engineer's Trophy to the Air Engineers' sports captains Chief Petty Officer David Macmenemey and Leading Air Engineering Technician David Taylor. la(phot) Dave Jenkins
Captain Trevor Gulley presents the Engineer's Trophy to the Air Engineers' sports captains Chief Petty Officer David Macmenemey and Leading Air Engineering Technician David Taylor. la(phot) Dave Jenkins

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A TEAM of air engineers have come out victorious after a year of sporting challenges with a rival group.

The engineers and trainees from the Defence College of Technical Training’s Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival Equipment School have beaten a team representing the Defence School of Marine Engineering.

Both teams were made up of servicemen and women based at Gosport’s HMS Sultan.

The base’s commanding officer, Captain Trevor Gulley, presented the Engineers’ Trophy to the victors.

Capt Gulley said: ‘This year’s competition has been fantastic.

‘The relationship between the air and marine engineers within HMS Sultan is a very close one and one which goes with us when we’re on operational deployments anywhere in the world.’

Throughout the year, teams competed in nine events including a cross-country run and a football match.

There were also novelty events such as an ‘Easter it’s a Knockout’ and ‘Trafalgar Fun Run’ in which 300 personnel each ran 5km accumulating the distance from Gosport to Cape Trafalgar, where the Battle of Trafalgar was fought.

The result came down to the final event of the year, a rugby match,

The air engineers won 36-0 meaning they secured the trophy.

Capt Gulley said: ‘To see the trophy go down to the last event really speaks volumes as to the spirit that is in everything we do here.’

The challenges were organised by leading physical trainer Liam Saunders.

He said the cup was also used to fundraise for charities.

‘We continually try to evolve the Engineers’ Trophy to ensure that it’s not just about the physical training, but also about bringing the whole establishment together to have some fun,’ he said.

‘It’s been great to be involved and we have even managed to raise some money for a few charities like the children’s wards at Queen Alexandra Hospital and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity along the way.’