January 30th 2017

Loughborough Reservists hit target to land regimental title

203 Squadron Winners

203 (Loughborough) Squadron's winning team

The 203 (Loughborough) Transport Squadron (Sqn) have been crowned the hot shots of the 158 Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps at the annual Regimental Operational Shooting Competition.

The event took place at the Army Training Centre in Pirbright, Surrey, on 14 and 15 January and 203 Sqn, who are based in Loughborough, were named the highest scoring Sqn overall by a huge margin of 315 points.

Of the 54 competitors overall,  203 Sqn entered three teams with their C team  consisting of Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Stef Daunt, Staff Sergeant Ian Wright, Lance Corporal Adam Perry, Private Adam Scattergood and Private Rebecca Lee coming out on top  throughout the various disciplines.

CO Presenting 1st Place

WO2 Stef Daunt is presented with the trophy.

There was also success for Private Oliver Stokes competing in 203 Squadron’s B team. He was awarded the ‘Best New Soldier’ award at the presentation that followed the competition.

The event was made up of five shoots with each intended to replicate different scenarios.

For example, the Short Range Rural Match tests different fire positions in an urban environment such as standing supported against a post, kneeling supported against a wall, standing to kneeling unsupported and standing supported.

The Fleeting Encounter Match also known as the ‘Mover’, is meant to test a soldier’s ability to shoot at moving targets as opposed to static targets.

Winning Fire Team Presentation

203 Squadron’s C team at their presentation

Loughborough’s captain for the day was WO2 Stef Daunt. He said: “It was great to be on the winning team, but it was particularly excellent to also find out we were the champion sqn with one of the highest combined points totals we’re told the organisers have ever seen.

“I think our competitiveness in 203 Sqn helped as you’re looking to get better scores than each other and also the other squadrons.

“Our shooting averages were good throughout the days which was impressive in the difficult, cold conditions. This year was a lot more of a challenge as well than previous years as it was on different ranges to ones we have used before and we had to concentrate a bit more. It just goes to show the talent we have within the Sqn.”

"It just goes to show the talent we have within the Squadron."