Army Sports Awards 2017: Rising Star of the Year nominees

There are so many talents in military sports but here, Forces Network takes a look at those in the running for the 2017 Army Sports Awards Rising Star of the Year award...

Private Charmaine Porter -​​​​​ Cycling

 

British Army Sports Awards 2017 nominee Charmaine Porter
Army cyclist Charmaine Porter (right) could take home the Rising Star of the Year award

Charmaine Porter has had a meteoric rise, from novice to competing at the top level in British road cycling - in just two years.

Selected for the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme last year, 2017 was supposed to be her 'development year' with team Ford Ecoboost.

But it turned into much more than that.

Notable performances have included two top-10 finishes at the HSBC National Women's Road Series, an 11th place in the elite standings at the national Matrix Fitness Series and an incredible fourth in the National Circuit Championships.

Not surprisingly, she is the current Army and Inter-Services champion.

Lance Corporal Tom Ellwood - Enduro Motorcycling

 

British Army Sports Awards 2017 nominee Tom Ellwood

Since joining the Royal Engineers in 2010, Tom Ellwood's been on an upward path in the sport he's excelled at since he was a boy.

The reigning Army champion's been selected this year for the GB Auto Cycle Union (ACU) Junior Enduro squad, as reward for his constant gains since 2013. 

At the end of the season, he's been competing in the British Enduro Championship against fully-supported professional riders.

He also finished fourth in class at the International Six Days Enduro tournament in France in August, despite riding with a fractured hand.

But Tom's big breakthrough this year was selection for the ACU Junior GB team. He has the potential to be the strongest Army rider in a generation.

Sapper Ebonie Jones -  Boxing

 

British Army Sports Awards 2017 nominee 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.

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