RAF Marham Personnel on Olympic Ceremonial Duties
Sgt Thomas based at RAF Marham will be proudly representing the RAF as one of a number of servicemen and women acting as Olympic Ceremonial Flag Raisers.
Sgt Thomas has served in the RAF for 16 years and during this time has undertaken a large variety of roles. Her current day to day role within the RAF is as a Survival Equipment Specialist. Sgt Thomas is a very keen sportswoman herself, having been involved with the Armed Forces Powerlifting Association and won the World Championships six times in seven years and have been National and European Champion six times respectively. Additionally Sgt Thomas was nominated as Suffolk Sports person of the year, the Combined Services Sportswoman of the year and was runner up to Lewis Hamilton in the BBC TV Eastern Sports Awards.
This once in a generation event will see servicemen and women from across the three services participating in a number of roles, from ceremonial to security. Speaking of her involvement with the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Sgt Thomas said: “It is a privilege to represent my country at the Olympics and Paralympics as a member of the Military Ceremonial contingent. To be involved in the flag raising ceremonies will be a great honour and will be one of the highlights of my career.”
After completing training at HMS Collingwood earlier in the month the Ceremonial Team Representatives are raising the Gold, Silver and Bronze flags; Sgt Thomas will be taking part in flag raisings for the Hockey and Water Polo in Olympic and Powerlifting in the Paralympic Games.