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Elliot Redmond and Lt Daley Sampson Staff pilot 727 NAS
Lt Cdr Steve Baldie, Sharron Davies, Elliot Redmond and Lt Daley Sampson

Swimming Olympian Visits Yeovilton

Published: 12 Jun 2012

A recent visitor to the Royal Naval Air Station at Yeovilton has seen the former Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies re-acquaint herself with the senior service. “I used to train at the Navy Swimming Pool when I was a kid in Plymouth. My father was in the Royal Navy, I grew up with the navy way of life,” Sharron said.

The Swimming Olympian was at the base with her teenage son Elliot, who is keen to become a military pilot in the near future. During the visit, hosted by 727 Naval Air Squadron the potential pilot got to see the Fleet Air Arm up close and personal. He was impressed by the navy way, jumping at the opportunity to take advantage of an air experience flight in the Grob Tutor T1 aircraft with a staff pilot. He also got the chance to chat with serving RN pilots on the frontline squadrons based at Yeovilton, some having recently gained their Flying Wings after completed the gruelling Commando Pilot’s course.

“I can’t thank the Navy enough for this wonderful chance and experience, it’s took me back to my younger days.”

Sharron is looking forward to being part of the BBC Olympic Swimming commentary team based in the striking London Aquatics Centre, during the Olympic games next month.


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