NEWS

NOVEMBER 21ST 2017

Lincoln reservist represents Royal Logistic Corps at Badminton

Staff Sergeant Rana and Private Tom Clancy

Staff Sergeant Rana and Private Tom Clancy

A Lincolnshire reservist has described how joining the Army Reserve has allowed him to fuel his love of badminton and represent the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) on the court.

Private Tom Clancy, aged 20, a member of 160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron RLC, completed his Phase One Army Reserve training in January this year and didn’t realise how his previous sporting achievements could be enhanced through his new part-time military career.

Playing at a county level since he was just 13-years-old, Tom explained why he has always enjoyed the racquet sport: “I’ve played badminton socially for about 12 years and at county level for about six years. It has been a great way to keep fit and compete in a range of championships.

“I recently finished studying a Public Services Couse at Lincoln College and found that playing sport in my spare time was a great way to have a break from my studies whilst spending time with my friends.”

Voicing his interest in badminton to his military unit, Tom was delighted to find out that as a reservist he is eligible to play sport on behalf of both the RLC and represent the Army in Tri-Service competitions.

Tom continued: “This month (November) I got through to the second round of the Army Badminton Singles, and was proud to represent the RLC on the court. I never thought I’d get to compete against some of the best players in the Army when I joined the Reserve Forces so this is a real bonus for me.

“In October, I took part in the RLC Badminton Championships in Grantham that included both regular (full-time) and reserve soldiers. This ended with me being the runner up in the Men’s Open Doubles Competition and reaching the semi-finals of both the singles and mixed doubles.”

Being fairly new to the unit in Lincoln, Tom explained that the other reservists have welcomed him into the team and all encourage each other to reach their goals.

Over the next few months, Tom is hoping to achieve his Category C driving license to enable him to drive good vehicles. He continued: “Whether you’re interested in sport or want to gain qualifications to enhance your CV, I’ve found the Army Reserve has a lot of offer. The quality of the training I’ve had so far has been fantastic and the comradery at the unit is great too.

“I’m from a RAF family so I’ve always had an interest in the military but decided I wanted to create my own pathway in the Army Reserve. The thing about being a reservist is that you have the best of both worlds, I can spend time in Lincoln with my friends and family as well as training to be a part-time soldier. I’ve recommend it to anyone looking for a new challenge.”

To find out more about joining 160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron call 01522 529082 or email 158RLC-160-RSUSO@mod.uk.

"I got through to the second round of the Army Badminton Singles, and was proud to represent the RLC on the court. I never thought I’d get to compete against some of the best players in the Army when I joined the Reserve Forces so this is a real bonus for me."