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Petty Officer rewarded for commitment to boxing

A Petty Officer has been awarded a prize for his dedication to boxing.

Royal Navy Air Engineering Petty Officer Luke Thomas, from 824 Naval Air Squadron was given the Captain's efficiency prize in a surprise ceremony.

It was in recognition of Luke’s commitment to running HMS Seahawk’s boxing club, and taking on the Fleet Air Arm Command boxing coaching duties.

He received a much-coveted Captain's Coin from Culdrose Commanding Officer, Captain Ade Orchard OBE.

PO Thomas and POACMN Ed Butcher Credit: RNAS Culdrose

Luke runs regular training sessions on the Base which includes fitness boxing technical training and ring work with sparring.

I was completely dumbstruck when the CO descended on the class I was teaching for the Phase2 trainees. Seeing the Base Warrant Officer – Warrant Officer Bridgette Turner, staff from the gym as well as 824, my squadron made me feel pretty humbled that people think what I’m doing is out of the ordinary.

I just love encouraging people to better their physical wellbeing and have a great time doing it. Boxing is one of the hardest sports there is, the people that come into the Seahawk boxing gym all have something to be proud of.

– POAET Luke Thomas
Capt Ade Orchard and PO Luke Thomas Credit: RNAS Culdrose

Luke also received a framed citation which will have pride of place on his wall at home.

PO Luke Thomas Credit: RNAS Culdrose
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