A Teesside nurse has been crowned ladies champion at the Great Britain Luge Championships.
Corporal Danielle Scott is a military adult nurse, based at Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit Northallerton. As part of her role she works on wards at James Cook University Hospital, which is part of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
She got the opportunity to try Luge on joining the Army, and has received training and support to compete and develop in the sport.
Luge is a winter sport, similar to bob sleighing and skeleton – in which Amy Williams won a gold medal for Great Britain at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Luge sliders lie down face up on a fiberglass sled and head feet-first down an icy track of about a mile, reaching speeds of up to 70mph but with no braking system.
Corporal Scott, 26, said: “It is adrenalin filled, extreme sport which is thrilling and exciting to do. My ultimate aim is to take part in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea and I am training and working towards that.
“I am very grateful for the support and help I have received from the MDHU at the Friarage for giving me the opportunity to do something different.”
Her Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Ian Simpson said: “She has done exceptionally well over the last 12 months, from very fundamental beginnings she has strived to compete at the top of the winter sports programme, out-performing many more seasoned and experienced personnel, male and female.
“She also has the satisfaction of knowing that she has achieved the highest level of representative sport for the Queen Alexander’s Royal Army Nursing Corps in its 100 year history, a magnificent achievement,” he added.
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