Army Sports Awards 2017: Official of the Year nominees

The 2017 Army Sports Awards celebrates the finest achievements of our top sportsmen and sportswomen and that includes those who inspire, coach and lead others in their chosen disciplines.

Here, Forces Network takes a look at those in the running for the Official of the Year award...

Staff Sergeant Jason Browring -  Boxing


British Army Sports Awards 2017 nominee Jason Browring

There is perhaps more pressure on Jason Browring than any other coach in Army sport.

He is the man tasked with maintaining the service's unbroken 35-year record of success as forces boxing champions.  

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

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

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.

Warrant Officer Class 2 Nikki Mead - Volleyball


British Army Sports Awards 2017 nominee Nikki Mead

For the last 16 years Nikki Mead has led the upward path of women's volleyball, both in the Army and at UK Armed Forces level.

Her passion and determination have driven the Army women to a clean sweep of Inter-Services titles since 2012 and success in the hugely-competitive Crown Services Tournament for the past three years.

She's also encouraged Army success in civilian competition and helped establish and develop the UKAF volleyball team, which continues to gain a big reputation at national level.

She's an inspirational coach who bases her work on the very best of current methods, to try and make her players the best they can be.

Major Ross Anderson -  Alpine Skiing


British Army Sports Awards 2017 nominee Ross Anderson
Earlier this month Maj Anderson (left) received an Army Winter Sports Association award for his contribution to Alpine skiing

Ross Anderson is a man who knows his sport inside out.

Starting out as a competitor, he's now the Army's leading technical delegate, highly-respected within British skiing and also in the International Ski Federation.

He's transformed the approach to competitive skiing by designing a regulating framework that's now seen as best practice.

It means competitors and officials can enjoy a challenging sport that is fully accountable.

This has included designing and running training events for all Alpine officials, leading to proper qualifications - a system British Ski and Snowboard are considering adopting.

His knowledge on the hill is second to none, while his work over many years has benefitted not only the Army but all who compete in forces Alpine sport.

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