Monthly Archives: August 2014
Sqn Ldr (Retd) Carl Harding RAF Regiment from Bourne near Peterborough and L/Cpl (Retd) Darren Kamara RAF Regiment from Cambridge, recently visited RAF Honington, the home of the RAF Regiment, to receive support prior to attending this years INVICTUS Games at the London Olympic Park.
They will be joined by SAC Mike Goody (Retd) and Cpl Stuart Robinson, still serving. All are members of the RAF Regiment and are delighted to be representing both the Corps and the RAF at such a prestigious event. Carl and Darren will be taking part in the archery, Mike Goody swimming and Stuart Robinson wheelchair rugby. Injuries range from those whilst serving on Op HERRICK to injuries sustained out of operations.
The Games start on the 10th Sept and all the guys have been training extremely hard to achieve their standing in the British team. Thirteen other nations will be represented so the competition will be at the highest level. Carl stated:
“the team are really focused on doing well at this inaugural event and the fact that there are 4 of us from the RAF Regiment means we enjoy the overwhelming support of the Corps as well”
All team members have received support in the form of kit and equipment from the likes of RAFA, RAFBF and the RAF Regiment Fund. Buying items like bows and arrows has enabled the guys to compete at this level.
Post the Games both Carl and Darren hope to become members of British Archery GB and go on to represent their country further. Darren stated:
“..we’ve received amazing support from our families and to come to Honington today and be endorsed by the RAF Regiment has been the icing on the cake…we also know they will be willing us to do well…so no pressure then!”
The RAF Regiment Association is responsible for the issuing of tickets, muster, and coordinating the RAF Regiment Contingent at the Field of Remembrance, Westminster on Thursday 6th Nov 14, and the Cenotaph National Service of Remembrance, Horse Guards Parade on 9th Nov 2014. Tickets can be ordered by enclosing a stamped self-address envelope with a brief covering note with details of attendees and service numbers (if applicable), to the relevant address below.
Field of Remembrance:
Mr Steve Horton,
29 Kingfisher Close,
Essex, SS3 9YB.
Cenotaph National Service of Remembrance:
Mr David Gooding,
31 Queen Elizabeth Road,
Birmingham, B45 0NE.
With just days to go before the start of the Invictus Games, cameras have been following some of the inspirational British servicemen and women who have overcome life changing injuries and illnesses in order to compete. Alongside their personal stories, this one-hour documentary reveals what motivated Prince Harry to create the Games and why he thinks they are so important.
The One Show Special: Invictus Games Opening Ceremony – BBC One, Wednesday 10 September
A special edition of The One Show featuring live coverage of the uplifting Opening Ceremony at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park including a fly past from the Red Arrows and bands from the Army, RAF and Royal Marines. And of course the Competitors’ Parade featuring all 400 plus servicemen and women from the 14 nations taking part.
Invictus Games Day 1 Highlights – BBC Two, Thursday 11 September
Highlights of today’s track and field events from Lee Valley Athletics Centre.
Invictus Games Day 2 Highlights – BBC Two, Friday 12 September
All the best action from Day 1 and Day 2 of the Invictus Games including coverage of Wheelchair Rugby from the Copper Box Arena, Archery and Athletics.
Invictus Games Day 3 – BBC One, Saturday 13 September
Live coverage of the Wheelchair Basketball, Road Cycling and Indoor Rowing.
Invictus Games Day 3 Highlights – BBC Two, Saturday 13 September
Some of the most dramatic moments from Day 3 of the Invictus Games including Wheelchair Basketball, Road Cycling and Indoor Rowing.
Invictus Games Day 4 – BBC One, Sunday 14 September
Live coverage of the final day of the Invictus Games including Swimming from the iconic London Aquatics Centre, Sitting Volleyball and Power lifting.
Invictus Games Closing Concert – BBC Two, Sunday 14 September
Highlights of the stunning star-studded Closing Concert, which features a headline set from Foo Fighters, as well as performances from Kaiser Chiefs, Ellie Goulding, Ryan Adams, The Vamps, Rizzle Kicks, James Blunt, Diversity and the Military Wives Choir
2622 (Highland) Sqn RAuxAF Regt’s Pipe Band (PB) enjoyed huge success at the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Assoc’s World Championships on Sat 16 Aug in Glasgow, winning the Grade 4 Competition to become the Supreme Champions, adding to their other successes from this year’s major RSPBA Competitions, namely Scottish, British and European Champions. 2622 Sqn PB will now be elevated to Grade 3B status.
Allied to the RAF Recruiting presence, this made for highly effective engagement in a target-rich recruiting field. This year, the RAF’s own PB Championships will be held at RAF Cosford on Sat 19 Oct. It will be adjudicated under the auspices of the Director of the Army School of Bagpipe Music & Highland Drumming, who has the Tri-Service lead for military piping and drumming, and provides the RAF PBs annual ‘fit for role’ assurance endorsement.
When the 130 strong British Armed Forces team for the Invictus Games, presented by Jaguar Land Rover, was announced on 13th August 2014 there were 4 RAF Regiment members representing their country in the inaugural Invictus Games:
- Carl HARDING (Retd) – Archery – Cat 1A3 Compound Bow; Competition 12 Sep.
- Darren KAMARA (Retd) – Archery – Cat 1A3 Compound Bow; Competition 12 Sep.
- Mike GOODY (Retd) – Swimming – Cat ISC Various events. (also Team Captain); Competition 14 Sep.
- Cpl Stuart ROBINSON (Svg) – Wheelchair Rugby – Cat A; Competition 12 Sep.
The team will represent Great Britain and has been selected after a three month training and trial period. During the trial period competitors took part in events such as archery, athletics, wheelchair basketball and rugby, cycling, powerlifting, indoor rowing, swimming and sitting volleyball. There will also be a unique competitive driving challenge organised by Jaguar Land Rover.
The Invictus Games is presented by Jaguar Land Rover. The games will take place at venues made famous by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The event runs from 10-14 September and will start with an Opening Ceremony and closed with a Closing Concert headlined by the Foo Fighters. Tickets cost £12.85 and are on sale at www.invictusgames.org
The Invictus Games are being organised with the support and backing of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and the Ministry of Defence. They will feature more than 400 wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women, serving and veteran, competing in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Lee Valley Athletics Centre, thanks to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, the London Legacy Development Corporation and the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority. Teams, which have been invited from 14 nations that have served alongside each other, will compete in 9 adaptive sports.
Carl Harding, who was the original webmaster of the website, will compete in the archery event, see some photos are shown of him all kitted out. Photos of the other team members will be shown as soon as they are available.
“As the Returning Officer for the RAF Regiment Association’s Election of National Officers, I hereby announce that the candidates nominated for the appointments of National Chairman, National Vice-Chairman and National Treasurer were uncontested and, therefore, in accordance with the articles and provisions of the Association’s Constitution & Rules, I confirm the following appointments:
– National Chairman: Peter LAWRENCE
– National Vice-Chairman: William James ESPIE
– National Treasurer: Thomas MAGEE
The appointments will run as from 26 Oct 2014 until October 2017, at which time an election shall be held.
M R HOOKER
Wg Cdr (Retd)
Regtl Sec & RAF Regt Assoc Returning Officer