Army Sports Awards 2017: Sportsman of the Year nominees

This year's top sportsmen and sportswoman are in the spotlight as they are honoured for an impressive year of achievements and here Forces Network takes a look at those in the running for the 2017 Army Sports Awards.

Take a look at who could be taking home the coveted Sportsman of the Year trophy...

Lance Corporal Natty Ngwenya - Boxing

 

British Army boxer Natty Ngwenya

Natty Ngwenya has more than lived up to the success expected of him since winning the Army's Rising Star award two years ago.

Since he dropped down to 89-91 kilos to compete in the heavyweight class, he's had to deal with major changes though.

He now has to match the speed and strength of much quicker opponents - and has put in masses of work to achieve it.

This year's Inter-Services clash with the Royal Navy's Nathan Levers was one of the highlights of the championships and was in effect the title decider, his win giving the Army a 33rd consecutive championship.

He went on to take a silver medal at the England Boxing Elite Championships, losing only on a split decision, and to dominate the GB Elite Championships. 

He's now being assessed with the GB squad and will hope to grab the heavyweight spot for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Guardsman Peter Moreno - Athletics

 

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 - quite literally!

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.

Private Chris Rowan - Karate

 

British Army karate practitioner Chris Rowan

Parachute Regiment Private Chris Rowan has been doing karate since he was four - and it shows.

The current Army captain and champion is not only the best in the forces, he's the three-time English national champion and has also twice won the national titles of Malta and Poland, as well as the European Champions Cup, a world team title and four Inter-Services championships.

He's also a great ambassador for the sport, always aiming to pass on his expertise to junior team members and now coaching 'kumite', one of the three main sections of karate training, at inter-services level.

Now in his second year on the TASS programme, he's one of the best karate practitioners this country has ever produced and is still on track for world and Olympic titles as he looks towards Tokyo 2020.

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