RAF Athletes 'Inspired' By Centenary, Says Service Chief

The Chief of the Air Staff, Sir Stephen Hillier, has been discussing the reason behind the RAF's successful sporting year.

The centenary has helped inspire RAF’s sports stars to success in 2018, says Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier.

The Air Force celebrated their sporting year with the 2018 RAF Sports Awards on Friday, with rugby union star Josh McAnally taking home the Sportsman of the Year award.

Speaking prior to the award, the Chief of the Air Staff discussed how the emotion of the year has become a big part of the RAF’s achievements.

He said: “This year is a special year and I’m pretty certain that everybody has gone that extra mile this year to go above and beyond in sport.

"We've seen the results of that and it’s a real part of our inspire legacy from RAF 100.

“Inspire is such a central part of it. What’s inspired us? Well, it’s that legacy and the history of 100 years of achievement on operations and in sport."

Corporal Josh McAnally was crowned the RAF Sportsman of the Year.

The Chief of the Air Staff said operational and sporting responsibilities go "hand in hand":

"The qualities that people develop through sport - teamwork, self-discipline, professionalism and stamina - those are the qualities we want on operations as well.

"The RAF's busier than it has been in a very long time.

"I think to do as much as we are doing in operations, and we did RAF 100 extremely well as well, it’s just a huge demonstration of the commitment of everybody across the service."