HMS Queen Elizabeth Sailors Take Part In Sports Day

The aircraft carrier and her sailors recently returned to port following exercises in the North Sea.

Sailors from HMS Queen Elizabeth have taken part in a sports day in Portsmouth – the Navy's first mass participation sporting event since lockdown.

The event at HMS Temeraire saw 10 different sports on offer, whilst following coronavirus measures.

The idea for the sports day came from Chief Petty Officer Daz Hoare, Chief Physical Training Instructor on board HMS Queen Elizabeth.

He said: "We’ve been so busy on the ships. A really, really busy time this year.

"Obviously, during what is going as well with COVID, there’s been me and a couple of other people... from HMS Temeraire who have really helped me put this together.

"We’ve got 10 sports going on. We advertised it and the response was phenomenal.

"We’re just trying to show people what is possible out there during these hard times."

Sports such as netball and hockey were among those on offer during the sports day.

Doctor Rowan Taylor, director of Navy Sport, said he is pleased his team can get back to doing what they do best.

He told Forces News: "Today is really a celebration of what we can deliver with the Government’s restrictions and guidelines.

"2020 has been a real struggle for us to put on any meaningful organised sport.

"We’ve delivered a hell of a lot of grassroots and individual activities... but this is the first mass participation organised event that we’ve been able to do.

"To do it for our flagship is just absolutely the icing on the cake."

Commander Steve Shaw, who also works for Navy Sport, said the sports day was "great for everybody's morale", adding: "HMS Prince of Wales have heard what has happened with the HMS Queen Elizabeth and they’re now really interested.

"What I’d like to see later on is the battle of the carriers."

Aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth recently returned home to Portsmouth after forming a UK Carrier Strike Group for the first time for exercises in the North Sea.