On Wednesday 29 Jan sportspersons took part in a relay to open the Corps Museum’s newest exhibition on REME sport. Participants from some of the 30 plus teams that train on MOD Lyneham donned their kit and passed the torch designed for the REME 75 Scotland baton relay before proceeding en masse to the Museum. They handed the torch to two representatives of the Corp’s proud sporting past and present: Captain (Retired) Jim Fox, Olympic gold winning modern pentathlete, and Staff Sergeant Becky Hoare, World Military Ironman champ, triathlete and cyclist. The pair formally opened the exhibition after a brief address to the assembled athletes from the Museum’s Director, Major (Retired) Rick Henderson.

The exhibition looks at historical sporting success alongside recent achievements across a range of disciplines. We have unearthed some unique silverware and striking photos from the Museum’s collection and have gratefully received donations and loans. This includes gear used by John Walker, archer and REME veteran, to win two Paralympic gold medals in 2016, stunning trophies from REME Rugby and Staff Sergeant Hoare’s neon orange bike – on show for a limited time only. We have packed a lot into our temporary exhibition space but plan to squeeze more in during the exhibition’s year long run.

We profiled 10 sports for starters but hope to represent all Corps sports by December. If your team is not represented, Contact us to take part. The Museum is also interested in adding to our permanent collection of trophies, kit, photos and documents that relate to Corps sport. If you have material you would like to donate we would love to hear from you.

Admission to the new temporary display is included with admission which is free for Gold Card holders.

Group of athletes in various sports outfits stand in a line on a road. All face camera. Some hold bikes or objects like balls and bats. Sky above is grey and cloudy.

Becky Hoare holds relay torch and stands next to Jim Fox in wheelchair outside front of REME museum. Sign above entrance doors with REME logo reads: " REME Museum " .

Head of man out of focus in foreground. He looks at a display of REME sport, which is pictures of athletes in various sports and a block of text with the title " REME Sport, Past and Present "

White motorcycle helmet in display case with other items out of focus in the same case. Black and white photo in front of helmet shows people performing acrobatics.

Large group of athletes in various sporting attire sit on two tanks in a room. All look at camera. Men hold a bike and motorbike at the front of each tank. Becky Hoare and Jim Fox shake hands at front.

Images © Corporal Ben Beckett, Guy Butler.