LNN Eagle has received the Royal Navy Sports Woman of the Year award for 2017.
An exceptionally talented swimmer, she has amassed 15 gold and 2 silver medals at Inter Service level since 2009 over a wide range of distances and disciplines that show her formidable versatility. A former Welsh Junior International Swimmer, her enthusiasm and attitude clearly marked her out as a natural Ladies Team Captain, a role to which she was appointed prior to the Inter Services Championships in 2016. She is an excellent ambassador for the Association and RN and mentors the junior members of the team using her outstanding leadership and naturally friendly demeanour to help relax inexperienced athletes.
Outside of the Inter Service swimming environment, LNN Eagle has balanced training with 3 years of hard work to qualify as a LNN. Continuing in this vein she now trains up to 8 hours each week and competes regularly at local, regional and National Masters competitions around her full time nursing role. In 2017 she has achieved outstanding results picking up several gold medals and further podium places at the Welsh Open Masters, Armed Forces Masters and National Masters Long Course Championships, competing against the best masters swimmers in the country and breaking a multitude of RN records along the way. She has set new Short Course (SC) (25m pool length) RN records in the 50m, 100m, 200m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly and 100m Individual Medley and 50m, 100m, 200m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly Long Course (LC) (50m length pool) RN records. On top of this she also holds 26 RN individual female records across both SC and LC.
LNN Eagle was selected as a member of the RN swimming team that travelled to Auckland, New Zealand in 2017 to compete at the World Masters Games. This prestigious event is akin to the Olympic Games for Masters Athletes and saw over 28,000 competitors from across the World competing in a variety of sports and disciplines. Her commitment to training and competing enabled her to haul in 3 gold medals, 4 silvers medals and 2 bronze medals, making her one of the highest decorated swimmers at the meet and the highest achieving female medal winner of the RN swimming team. Not content with just attending RN Team and Masters events, LNN Eagle organises teams from her unit to compete at Army Inter Corps Championships and RN Championships, encouraging participation at Grass Roots level and driving PDev participation for athletes of all abilities, promoting the sport of Swimming across all 3 Services and thus giving back to the sport that she has achieved so much in.
Congratulations LNN Eagle on all your achievements!