British Army Sports Awards 2021: The winners

The British Army has held the service's first sports awards ceremony in two years.

The night in Aldershot was broadcast live on the Forces News Facebook page, with stars such as Olympic bronze medalist Gunner Karriss Artingstall winning major awards.

It was the first time an Army Sports Awards ceremony was held since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sportsman of the Year went to dinghy sailor Corporal Simon Horsfield who has won a national title in both 2019 and 2020.

Gnr Artingstall took the Sportswoman of the Year award after her superb boxing performance at Tokyo 2020.

She beat a tough challenge to the award with top rugby league player Carrie Roberts and elite triathlete Kat Matthews also nominated.

The Army women's rugby league team won the Team of the Year award capping off a stellar season where they reached the Super League South final and thrashed a Navy/RAF hybrid team.

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The nominees posed for a group picture prior to the awards.

Sports Official of the Year was named as Sergeant William Nichols, who kept the Army Cycling Union going during the pandemic.

Clay Target shooter Rifleman Gary Young was crowned as the Rising Star.

Other awards included:

  • Minor Unit of the Year: HQ 7th Infantry Brigade and HQ East
  • Major Unit of the Year: 6 Regiment RLC
  • Reserve Unit of the Year: 204 Field Hospital
  • Lifetime Achievement: Warrant Officer Class 2 Brian Hall (Karate)
  • Lifetime Achievement: Major (Retired) Kevin Kirkham MBE (Boxing)

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