Royal Naval sailors from the Plymouth-based submarine HMS Talent have been called up represent the navy and their country at bobsleigh and indoor rowing respectively.
Chief Petty Officer (Engineering Technician) Collin (correct) Leiba will be representing Team GB at the World Indoor Rowing Championships on 21st Febuary.in the annual competition at the Agannis Arena in Boston, MA,USA.
Last year he broke two indoor rowing British age group records when his time of 2min 58.2seconds for 1,000metres and 1min 19.6seconds for 500metres were also world leading times for the 2010/2011 season. Originally from Birmingham, Collin now lives in Plymouth.
Collin is a relative newcomer to competitive indoor rowing. He has formerly been the Combined Armed Forces Heavyweight Boxing Champion and held the title of Mr Plymouth in 1992..
Meanwhile, Engineering Technicians Jack Kelsall, 24, from Birmingham and Nick Hughes, 21, from Wandsworth, South London, will be representing the Royal Navy at the Inter-Service Ice Sports Championships from 26 February to 11th March.
Both are drivers in the two-man bobsleigh event on two different sleds. The pair started bobsleigh at a grassroots adventurous training event against the Army in 2010. They were then asked to compete in the championships last year which the RN team won. Both have been in the Royal Navy for 2.5 years and served in HMS Talent for 1.5 years.