Time for a round up of this year’s Sapper Games, where Royal Engineer units from up and down the country came to compete against each other in various sports.
39 Engineer Regiment, based at Kinloss Barracks, successfully hosted the 2018 Sapper Games last week. Royal Engineer Regiments from far and wide participated in a Games which pushed players to their limits.
The Regiment made the most of the location, with its long Scottish summer days and warm micro-climate to put on a range of tourist activities for the participants to enjoy between sports fixtures. Wishing to reflect the locality, 39 Engineer Regiment worked with their nearby Forres Highland Games team to deliver the first ever Highland Games event held at a Sapper Games.
Throughout the Games the Royal Engineers rose to the challenges, reflecting the British Army’s values and standards in many ways. This was particularly true for the MGOB (Medium Girder Over Bridge) competition, which is the pinnacle of the Sapper Games and which draws on every single element of the Values and Standards. The Commanding Officer of 39 Engineer Regiment Lt Col Webster commented, “MGOB is all about endurance and teamwork, planning and delivery. The competition was certainly fierce this year. I am delighted that 39 Engineer Regiment came second in the competition, and my congratulations to all the teams for some excellent performances”.
Summarising his view on the value of the competition, visiting Chief Royal Engineer Lt General Sir Mark Mans commented, “Sport for all is my mantra. This is about rewarding success for sporting endeavours, and providing the right facilities so that Royal Engineers can take part”.
For Sgt Debenham, 35 Engineer Regiment, the Games can open new horizons. “It’s a good opportunity to try different sports, as opposed to the main sport you would usually choose to compete in. Mountain biking had a good turnout this year and the sport seems to be growing throughout the army, not just the Corp”.
Lt Amies of 1 RSME liked the inclusive nature of the Sapper Games “Sapper games is fantastic, the ethos of bumping into people and catching up with friends is brilliant. Sapper games involves everyone and has a good balance of people that are good and people that are trying their sport at competition level for the first time. Swimming this time round is good because it involves everyone.” He also liked the area “The Countryside is amazing and the adventure activities in the area are excellent. The opportunities here to do stuff is far better than anywhere else!”
Squash player Sgt Savage commented “Sapper Games is a good opportunity for novices to try their sport. It’s good as all the team and corps coaches are here to highlight talent. Squash is a hard-fast paced game which is good for stamina and fitness which as a soldier, and that’s paramount.”
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