All downhill for soldier

Private A Talbot, 7 Regt RLC.''Soldiers from all across the British Army have decended on the French town of Les Contamines to compete in Exercise Pipedown, running from 8th-16th January 2012.  Exercise Pipedown, along with the British Army's programme of winter sports, provides an important opportunity to hone important skills enhancing an individual's ability to withstand the rigors of operations and rapid deployments. It also offers the opportunity for novices and experts alike to ski under international competition rules.
Private A Talbot, 7 Regt RLC.''Soldiers from all across the British Army have decended on the French town of Les Contamines to compete in Exercise Pipedown, running from 8th-16th January 2012. Exercise Pipedown, along with the British Army's programme of winter sports, provides an important opportunity to hone important skills enhancing an individual's ability to withstand the rigors of operations and rapid deployments. It also offers the opportunity for novices and experts alike to ski under international competition rules.

A Matlock soldier has been honing his military skills in the freezing environment of the snow-capped French Alps.

Private Alexander John Talbot, 18, of Germany-based 7 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps was one of 300 soldiers to compete in the Army skiing contest Exercise Pipedown, organised by 1 (UK) Armoured Division in the French Alpine town of Les Contamines de Montjoie near Mont Blanc.

Former Highfields School student Alexander took part in the Alpine downhill event after learning how to ski as part of an Army skiing course.

Alexander, who joined the Army in 2010 and may deploy to Afghanistan later in the year said: “I started learning how to ski towards the end of November, it’s something I always wanted to do. I put my name forward for a course and ended up here. It’s good getting to know people you work with a lot more. We all support each other and help each other out.”

Exercise Pipedown is part of the Army’s programme of winter sports to enhance a soldier’s ability to withstand the rigours of operations and rapid deployments.