RAF Sports Awards: Watch as service's best celebrated

The Royal Air Force has held their 2021 sports awards ceremony at Halton House.

It was the first forces sports awards in two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning achievements from the 2020 and 2021 seasons were both recognised.

Flight Lieutenant Jonathan Maflin won the Sportsman of the Year award, ahead of Paralympic triathlete Luke Pollard and rally driver Phil Hall.

The martial arts competitor spoke highly of the other nominees, but was grateful to win the award.

"[I am] shocked, to be honest - the other nominees had such amazing sheets as far as their achievements," he said.

"It's really hard to compare yourself but I honestly thought one of the others would win it.

"I'm kind of just overjoyed."

The Sportswoman of the Year was named as para alpine skier Senior Aircraftwomen Shona Brownlee.

Rugby league player Linda McClean and triathlete Samantha Rose were the other nominees.

Team of the Year went to the boat and sea angling team who retained their Inter Services title for a 14th successive year, while Flying Officer Luke Hilton won the Sports Administrator of the Year award.

Sergeant Kevin Saunby was rewarded for his work with RAF football referees with the Coach/Official of the Year title.

There were also three lifetime awards and four special awards which are listed below.

  • Lifetime Award - Warrant Officer Ian Giles (Cricket)
  • Lifetime Award - Chief Technicial David Duff (Canoeing)
  • Lifetime Award - Squadron Leader Karl Whalley (Boxing)
  • Special Award - Flight Sergeant Michael Taylor (Athletics)
  • Special Award - Flight Sergeant Chris Slator (Motorsports)
  • Special Award - Group Captain Carl Peters (Gliding)
  • Special Award - Sergeant Georgia Welch (Fencing)