Olympic hon­our for Navy of­fi­cer

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Comment - By WIL­LIAM SMITH news@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Peter­bor­oughet

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.

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