Royal Navy sports success for local man

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A man from Ripon scooped one of the top accolades at the Royal Navy’s 2016 Sports Awards.

The NATO Cup for the Sportsman of the Year was won by triathlete Corporal Rich Ebbage.

Corporal Ebbage, 25, who hails from Ripon, enjoyed an outstanding year as the top services middle-distance triathlete.

He set records throughout 2016, winning national and international races at both national and international competitions.

Corporal Ebbage said: “I am delighted to have achieved this award considering that there was some extremely stiff competition.

“I would have not been able to participate in a lot of the races without the support of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Sports Association.”

The awards were given a golden touch thanks to a triple Olympic champion.

The Navy’s very own Lieutenant Pete Reed – a gold medallist rower in the last three Olympics – joined senior naval officers in presenting awards to outstanding sports stars who have put the Navy in the spotlight during the last 12 months.

The Sportswoman of the Year was won by Air Engineering Technician Anthea Kaptein for her exceptional talents across three sports – football, netball and basketball.

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