After another impressive year of sporting achievement, the winners of 2017's Army Sports Awards have finally been named.

Forces Network takes a look at those to be honoured on a night of glitz and glamour at Sandhurst.

Sportsman of the Year - Peter Moreno (Athletics)

 

Army Sportsman of the Year 2017 - Peter Moreno

Peter Moreno has been a huge talent since he joined the British Army in 2013, but this year he's significantly raised the bar.

He's currently ranked sixth in the UK in decathlon and was second at the Senior and Under-20 Combined Events Championships.

At the Inter-Services Athletics Championships he came out top in the high jump, long jump, 110 metres hurdles and in both the 4x100 and 4x400m relays. 

He holds the Nigerian national and Army pole vault record, and his 7,252 points achieved in competition this year is also a new national record. 7,600 points will guarantee a place at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Peter, who was accepted onto the 2017 Army Elite programme, is a model soldier who wears his Army vest on the national stage whenever he competes.

Sportswoman of the Year - Captain Elizabeth-Jane Harris (Cycling)

 

Army Sportswoman of the Year 2017 - Elizabeth-Jane Harris

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EJ has earned the nickname 'the Army's flying doctor' - and for very good reason.

She's had an amazing few years in the saddle, juggling her medical duties at Pirbright with her racing, where she's established a great reputation in Dame Sarah Storey's Podium Ambition team.

But when she was diagnosed with cancer in August last year, EJ was unsure whether she'd ride a bike again, let alone race one.

She fought on though, and after getting the all-clear she defied expectations by resuming training as early as the beginning of this year in the Storey Racing Squad.

That grit, determination and massive talent staggeringly culminated in her selection for Team GB at the UCI WorldTour RideLondon Classique, the richest one-day race in women's professional cycling.

This year she's built up an impressive portfolio of victories on the road and in time trials, where she's emerged 10th in the country and become top national amateur.

EJ is an inspiration to young riders and her determination to succeed despite cancer has inspired everyone in her sport.

Rising Star of the Year - Sapper Ebonie Jones (Boxing)

 

Army Rising Star of the Year 2017 - Ebonie Jones

Ebonie Jones is a prodigious talent, driven to succeed in the ring.

She joined the Army in 2016 on the 'Golden Girl' scheme and worked tirelessly to get to her ideal boxing weight.

After success against an Irish representative team, she went to the England Boxing Elite National Championship and romped to a title at 54 Kilos, before then taking on other internationals at the GB Elite Championships and winning that too.

And at the Haringey Box Cup, fighting three times in three days didn't phase her. She beat the Swedish national champion in the final to take the trophy.

She represented England at the European Championships in August and is now in the GB squad, making a strong case for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Official Of The Year - Staff Sergeant Jason Browring (Boxing)

 

Army Official of the Year 2017 - Jason Browring

Jason Browring is so much more than coach to the Army's only full-time resident sports team.

There's perhaps more pressure on him than any other coach in Army sport;- as the man tasked with maintaining the service's unbroken 35-year record of success as forces boxing champions.  

But tied in with that he manages careers, accommodation and any personal issues - in short, he's the athletes' chain of command.

And this year, even by the Army's historically high standards, they have had unprecedented success, which Jason has masterminded.

There's been 11 international boxers, seven national titles and four national title belts, plus a Southeast Asian Games gold medal.

In addition, Jason referees up and down the country and promotes his sport at every opportunity. 

He's brought Army boxing to a new level.

Team of the Year - Women's Swimming Team

 

Army Team of the Year 2017 - Women's Swimming

This year, 2017 crowned two decades of achievement for Army women in the swimming pool.

Their 20th successive inter-services title was enhanced with an extraordinary 28 medals - including 11 gold - at the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand.

Some of the team also helped smash a record for a 41-mile open water race around Jersey.

The squad of 12 is selected from all ranks. They currently hold five inter-services records and broke three more at this season's inter services championships. 

Lifetime Achievement Award - Major (Retired) Jim Mackenzie (Judo)

 

Army Sports Awards 2017 - Lifetime Achievement (Jim Mackenzie)

The final prize of the night was awarded to Major (Retired) Jim Mackenzie for his services to judo.

The gong isn't handed out lightly - in fact, some years there are no nominations for it.

But 2017's judges thought one man stood out like a beacon this time around.

After 43 years in the Army, each during which he contributed to his sport, his impressive list of accomplishments perhaps shouldn't be a surprise.

Major Mackenzie has qualified more than 400 coaches, introduced some 5,000 novices to martial arts and led his teams to national success.

He's also contributed towards the achievements of Olympians like Arthur Mapp in 1980 and Emmanuel Nartey in 2012.

And a special mention to the winners of the Army Minor & Major Units Sports Trophies - ATR Winchester (right) and 21 Engineer Regiment (left)

 

Army Sports Awards 2017: Minor & Major Units Sports Trophy winners

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