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MAY 16TH 2019

Loughborough student becomes RAF Rugby Star

Amber collecting her first cap before the Navy game

LAC Amber Guest collecting her first cap before the Navy game Credit Alligin Photography

A PhD student from Loughborough recently represented the Royal Air Force in its first ever Inter Services Championship win.

Leading Aircraftman Amber Guest, aged 25, currently studies for a PhD in Lifestyle and Health but in her spare time she serves as an RAF Reservist and had the opportunity to represent the service against the Army where they won 23-14 to claim their first ever championship win.

Amber playinjg against the Army

Amber playing against the Army team Credit Alligin Photography

Amber explained: “I’ve played rugby since I was a child for countless teams, but I have never been in an environment where the team are so tight knit. These two inter-service matches are what everyone has been working for all year, you could tell how much it meant to everyone on the final whistle.

“We’re finished for the season now but I’ll be back to the gym to start getting ready for next season!”

Whilst playing Rugby is really important to Amber it is not the only reason she pursued a career in the Reserves.

She said: “I wanted excitement and I wanted opportunity. I wanted to develop myself as a person and really force myself out of my comfort zone. There is no better way to do this then joining the military and the Reserves gives you the best of both worlds.

Amber playing against the Navy team

Amber making a run against the Navy team Credit Alligin Photography

“You can enjoy the freedom of civilian life and on weekends you can drive to your base to learn skills you never thought were possible. Of course there is commitment involved but when you enjoy it, it’s more of an enjoyable hobby than a commitment.”

As well as having a lot of unique opportunities Amber has also found that the RAF has helped improve skills that are important to her role as a PhD student.

Amber concluded: “I’m currently in phase two training and one of the core skills I am currently being taught by experts is how to present to large audiences. This skill is fundamental and invaluable to any career.”

The RAF Intelligence Reserves are currently recruiting to find out more about joining by calling 0345 606 9069 or visiting www.raf.mod.uk/recruitment

“I’ve played rugby since I was a child for countless teams, but I have never been in an environment where the team are so tight knit."