My colleagues at HMS Sherwood are really supportive of my canoeing and are always really excited to hear what I’ve been up to.

Officer Cadet Afton Fitzhenry

“Organisation and routine is key to fitting in my RNR training, I’m not a naturally lazy person so I just get on with things and everything usually works out for the best.”

Afton, who was skipper of Sherwood’s dragon boat at the Nottingham Riverside Festival, added: “In the future with canoeing I hope to qualify for the next GB Team for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020 and compete there if I can.

“I’d love to bring home a medal from the games, but I will have to wait and see.

“When I was younger I was a Sea Cadet so I’ve always had an interest in the Navy.

“After this time I wanted to enjoy and experience opportunities that you can’t easily get in your civilian life, I feel very lucky to be able to have two careers I really enjoy.

“I took part in the unit’s Freedom of the City of Nottingham Parade in June this year which I was extremely proud to be a part of.

“I am currently learning about the different specialist branches the RNR has to offer and am continuing to attend training sessions on a regular basis.

“My colleagues at HMS Sherwood are really supportive of my canoeing and are always really excited to hear what I’ve been up to. In fact I think they were as excited about my recent bronze medal as I was.”

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