Lieutenant Commander Ed Rolls
The 2018/19 season saw a great deal of promise from all three Services, culminating in the Inter Service Ice Championships held in Konigssee, Germany. Back at the start of the season, the Army once again extended the hand of friendship towards the RN by making spaces available for their ab initio sliders to learn the basics on their Ice Camp, run in Igls, Austria. Similarly, the RAF ran their training camp early in the season, with single service Novice camps from the Army and RAF following in due course, as well as various individuals’ participation in International events. The season finally finished with a bang at the Inter Services Ice Championships.
Continuing from last year, from an individuals’ perspective, Sgt Dani Scott (Army), Gdsm Ray Thompson (Army), SAC(T) Luke Farrar (RAF) and
Cpl Sophie Ellis (RAF) have all been sliding in selected races on the international circuit. This season also marked Sgt Dani Scott’s retirement as an elite athlete for the Army; during the course of her sliding career she has won 8 Inter Service titles, 6 Great British titles, and finished 10th in the Team Relay in the World Champs at Winterberg this year – no mean feat. Perhaps more of an achievement is that she qualified and raced at two World Cups last year (Altenberg and Oberhof), the first British female to do so in over 20 years! Dani is now an Army Reservist with 208 Field Hospital and hopes to continue sliding and coaching at the Inter Services in the future. Her experience will be invaluable to the whole Luge community.
The Inter Service Championships themselves were a surprisingly close fought event, with all three Services having conducted a final week of training immediately beforehand. The Luge community had not been to Konigssee since 2011, and so after a few initial laufs to re-orientate themselves, all the athletes were warmed up and performing well. After a very close fought competition, the eventual results were:
Mens’ Champion: SAC(T) Luke Farrar (RAF)
Mens’ Runner Up: Gdsm Ray Thompson (Army)
Ladies’ Champion: Sgt Dani Scott (Army)
Ladies’ Runner Up: Cpl Sophie Ellis (RAF)
Team Winners: RAF
Team Runner Up: Army
The 2020 Inter-Services Ice Championships will be held once again at Konigssee, providing a chance for all Ice athletes, not just Luge teams, to consolidate their performances on this technical and demanding track. We look forward to seeing you next year.