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RAF Technician narrowly misses out on Olympic medal

Press release   •   Feb 26, 2014 09:55 GMT

 

A Royal Air Force Serviceman from Scotland has returned home after narrowly missing out on a medal with the Team GB Men’s Bobsleigh team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Scotland’s Corporal Stuart Benson and teammates John Jackson, Bruce Tasker and Joel Fearon finished fifth overall in the event which concluded on Sunday – the final day of the Games.

Benson, who originates from Troon on the West coast of Scotland is an Avionics Technician currently based at RAF Cosford in Wolverhampton.

And it could have been even better for the team as they were just fractions away from clinching a medal. A brilliant fourth run left them in gold medal ­position but, with six other teams to go, there was nothing the British team could do other than watch their competitors clock quicker times.

After a lightning run from the Russian team who snatched the gold medal in their final attempt, the British team were just 0.11 seconds off snatching a bronze medal.

Stuart was joined in Sochi by fellow RAF serviceman Senior Aircraftman John Baines from Middlesbrough, who was competing as a member of the Team GB2 Men’s Bobsleigh team that finished in 19th position. 

Both servicemen were making their Olympic debut and were keen to emphasise the role their careers with the Royal Air Force had played in them getting to Sochi. 

Coporal Benson said: “Working hard together, staying positive and having confidence in our ability as a team has been my life so far in the Royal Air Force and has played a huge role in helping me perform my role in the 2014 Winter Olympics.”

Both men were granted special leave from the RAF to train full-time in the lead-up to the games and were granted UK Lottery funding to do so. Speaking about the opportunity he has been given, Corporal Benson concluded: “Recognising the support for young athletes is what attracted me to the Royal Air Force and since joining at just 20 years of age I haven’t looked back.”


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Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Ashley Nettleton, RAF Marekting PR on - ash.nettleton@rafcareers.com or call 01400 268001.

To see Stuart Benson chat about the Winter Olympics and his Royal Air Force career, please see the following YouTube video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha5fZXnSUxk&feature=c4-overview&list=UUydzmgAnOoT5tjFwAy7b5dA.

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