Army medal for Olympic champ

Olympic champion Heather Stanning, who won the first gold medal for Great Britain, today received a medal of a different kind. Captain Stanning was presented with an operational medal after a six month tour in Afghanistan.

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Olympic rower receives Army medal for tour of duty

The Olympic champion Heather Stanning, who won the first gold medal for Great Britain at London 2012 - today received a medal of a different kind.

Captain Stanning was presented with an operational medal at her barracks in Thorney Island in Sussex. It follows a six month tour - in Afghanistan.

The army officer and her team mate Helen Glover, won Team GB’s first Gold Medal at the London 2012 games in the rowing women’s pair.

The Royal Artillery officer told our reporter Sally Simmonds - she now has her heart set on a second gold - in Rio.

Olympic champion presented with army medal

Captain Heather Stanning has just returned from Afghanistan Credit: MOD

Olympic Gold Medallist Captain Heather Stanning has returned from Helmand Province after a 6 month tour as part of the British military’s force in Afghanistan. Army Officer Heather, and her team mate Helen Glover, won Team GB’s first Gold Medal at the London 2012 games in the rowing women’s pair.

A new medal for Olympic champion Heather Credit: MOD

Following her Olympic success Capt Stanning returned to her career with the Royal Artillery. After completing intensive pre-deployment training and specialist training working with the Royal Artillery’s Unmanned Air Systems, her chosen specialisation, she deployed to Afghanistan in April this year.

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