Fast and furious for Dani – Luge champion

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Military adult nurse – Corporal Danielle Scott – is a bit of a dare devil at heart.

Thanks to her hard work and expertise in winter sports, Danielle, 26, who is based at Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit (MDHU) Northallerton, has been crowned ladies champion at the Great Britain Luge Championships.

Luge Great British Championships

Luge is a challenging, exiting and above all fast winter ice sport, similar to bob sleighing. Sliders lie down face up on a fiberglass sled, with no braking system, and head feet-first down an icy track, with your head three inches from the ice, this takes immense levels of bravery and dedication.

Completing a Luge run is an exhilarating and physically demanding task, with steering done by flexing the sled’s runners with the calf. A typical course is less than one mile and sliders can reach speeds of up to 70mph.

Danielle who works on wards 6 and 35 at The James Cook University Hospital and previously at the Friarage Hospital was selected to represent Great Britain based on her performance at the Federation of International Luge (FIL) ice camp.

She has also taken part in the Winterberg World Cup in Germany, Exercise Racing Ice I and II in Austria, and won the Inter Services Ice Sport Championships held on the Olympic ice track in Iglis, a great achievement for a novice in the sport.

Danielle got the opportunity to try Luge on joining the Army, and has received training and support to compete and develop in the sport.  She competes alongside team mate, Flight Lieutenant Gavin Arnold an RAF pilot and other military colleagues in the GB Luge team.

She said: “I really enjoy the challenge of Luge, 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 and supporting my on-going training and development in the sport. “

Her Commanding Officer, Lieutenant  Colonel Ian Simpson said about Corporal Scott: “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.”