Olympic honour for Navy officer
A NAVAL officer from Peterborough is ship shape after landing a lifetime opportunity at the London 2012 Olympics.
Lieutenant Rebecca Warren (35) has been chosen as a flag-raiser at the Paralympic’s welcome ceremonies and victory ceremonies during this summer’s Games.
Dressed in her ceremonial uniform, she will help take part in more than 900 ceremonies during the sporting spectacle, which will be seen by millions of spectators at London 2012 venues and a worldwide TV audience.
Lt Warren, whose mother Jane lives near Oundle, Peterborough, will line up with fellow sailors, Royal Marines and Army and Air Force comrades who have also been chosen for the honour.
Some 176 servicemen and women were selected for the flag-raising duties through a Ministry of Defence nomination process highlighting those with sporting or operational achievements, or who are involved in their local communities.
Lt Warren said: “I am in awe of the achievements of the sportsmen and women competing in the Paralympics.
“It is a great honour to have been selected to play a part in this once in a life time event.”
She joined the Royal Navy in 2002 and is currently serving as the Staff Warfare Officer (Hydrography and Meteorology) at Flag Officer Sea Training in Plymouth, where she is responsible for training ship’s personnel at sea in all aspects of the environment and its effects on weapons and sensors, including weather forecasting, radar and sonar range predictions and aviation meteorology.
Her late father, John Martin, introduced her to sailing in her teens which she has become passionate about and has represented the Royal Navy many times.
She also enjoys mountain biking and hill walking, and spends most of her hol- idays with her husband Matthew sailing their 30-foot yacht.
He is currently serving on HMS Severn as the Executive Officer, conducting fishery protection duties around the UK.
During the Games, there will be 100 team welcome ceremonies and 805 victory ceremonies, which take place after the awarding of medals and the flags of the winning athletes’ countries are raised.
FLAG-RAISER: Lieutenant Rebecca Warren has been chosen to perform important ceremonial duties at the Paralympic welcome and victory ceremonies.