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September 24th 2014

ARMY RESERVIST: “I WANTED TO MAKE THE MOST OF MY SUMMER”

A Reservist who lives in Loughborough has had the opportunity to take part in a variety of outdoor pursuits over the summer, thanks to his ongoing enthusiasm and dedication to the Army Reserve.

Private Lee Shiels, aged 20, recently graduated from Loughborough College after studying towards his Foundation Degree and has since been focusing his efforts on his Reservist training and helping his squadron recruit more individuals from the surrounding area.

Wanting to fit as many activities into one summer as he could Lee has taken part in the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) Cycle Championships in June; a military sports festival held at Kendrew Barracks in September and is set to take part in a sailing expedition in October.

Reflecting on the sports festival held earlier this month, Lee said: “I took part in the road bike competition as I thought it would be fun. I did the RLC Cycle Championships earlier in the summer and enjoyed it so wanted to do something similar when the opportunity arose.

“I borrowed a road bike from our Regimental Stores to train for the Cycle Championships and this event. I think my performance was good, perhaps even better than I thought it would be as I passed a few people on the track meaning I gained ground for the team.”

Lee Shiels at the sports festivalAs well as having a passion for road biking Lee is also set to take part in a sailing expedition during October 2014. He continued: “I wanted to make the most of my summer. I’ve never been sailing before and I’m going to be a part of a team of seven or eight Reservists who will be racing in a military yacht. I will be learning basic navigation, hoisting sails, helping with the cooking and cleaning as well as taking part in day races.

“Two novices are needed in each team to make the competition balanced. I’m looking forward to going to sea, I’m sure it is an experience I will remember for a long time.”

The sailing expedition take place from 1 to 10 October and the team will be sailing from Kiel Port in Germany.

Lee is currently working part-time for 203 Squadron in Loughborough to help with recruiting, as well as attending training each Tuesday evening as part of his normal Reservist training at the Army Reserve Centre on Leicester Road.

To find out more about joining 203 Squadron RLC in Loughborough call 01509 263 742 or email 158tpt-203-psao@mod.uk