Ex competitor returns to National Championships with RAF

A former student at Lancaster & Morecambe College was delighted to make his return to the National Championships this year three decades on from competing himself.

Warrant Officer Lenny Brayshaw is a physical trainer in the RAF and competed for his college from 1986-89 when it was held at Lancaster University and the University of Warwick.

Lenny was with a team from the RAF showcasing the wide-ranging careers available to students.

He has been in the RAF for 29 years and has fond memories of his time at the Championships.

“I remember it being fantastically competitive and a great opportunity to meet people from different regions.

“There was a sense of pride in representing your region and a sense of achievement at getting to National Championships.”

“I would still love to be competing. It’s nice to come full circle and come back to see the Championships.”

Lenny competed at three Championships, twice in basketball and once in 5-a-side football, finishing with a runners-up medal in the football for the North West.

“The Championships have massively developed over the years. It’s a really well organised event by AoC Sport, a great opportunity for students and a fantastic venue for top sports action.”

“I think it’s really important that they still have these competitions. Competing in sport can develop teamwork, courage, communications skills, you interact with people from different regions.

“The ethos of the RAF – integrity, respect, physical courage, resilience – they all have resonance and we are proud to have been involved in the National Championships this year.”


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