Winter Sports

Army And RAF Skeleton Success In Germany

All three services were in action at the Inter Services Ice Championships.

There has been success for both the Army and Royal Air Force Skeleton teams at the Inter Services Ice Championships in Germany.

Held on a World Cup-quality track in Koenigssee, the best Skeleton athletes from all three services competed for honours.

In the men’s event, the RAF are team champions for the 13th consecutive year after Senior Aircraftman Benji Fulker took home the top spot.

In the women’s event, it was the RAF's Senior Aircraftman Chelsie Ainsley who was the fastest over the two runs in her third season with the team.

Her experience helped her to victory, but she explained that she still finds it difficult on the course.

She said: "I'd say it’s a higher level of track.

"It’s a lot drier and got a lot of different bends and tricky corners."

The Army women took the team title though with Staff Sergeant Julia Bloomer coming in second to seal the result.

She believes her team’s prior knowledge of the location helped.

"I think it’s the consistency," said SSgt Bloomer.

"We had our Army Championships here and the girls have had an extra week on the track."