Soldier to take to the slopes for Nordic competition

Nordic skiing Team from units within 1 (UK) div, competing in the 15km men's and 10km woman Biathlon as part of  Ex PipeDown 2015 in Les Contamines-Montjoie, France.''Notes to editors:'Photographer - Cpl Mark Webster RLC (Phot)'Words - '''NOTE TO DESKS: 'MoD release authorised handout images. 'All images remain crown copyright. 'Photo credit to read - Cpl Mark Webster RLC (phot) ''Email: '20bdephot@gmail.com'markwebster4000@gmail.com'markwebster@mediaops.army.mod.uk'richardwatt@mediaops.army.mod.uk'shane.wilkinson@mediaops.army.mod.uk
Nordic skiing Team from units within 1 (UK) div, competing in the 15km men's and 10km woman Biathlon as part of Ex PipeDown 2015 in Les Contamines-Montjoie, France.''Notes to editors:'Photographer - Cpl Mark Webster RLC (Phot)'Words - '''NOTE TO DESKS: 'MoD release authorised handout images. 'All images remain crown copyright. 'Photo credit to read - Cpl Mark Webster RLC (phot) ''Email: '20bdephot@gmail.com'markwebster4000@gmail.com'markwebster@mediaops.army.mod.uk'richardwatt@mediaops.army.mod.uk'shane.wilkinson@mediaops.army.mod.uk
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A soldier who skied for the first time only last month was chosen to represent his battalion at the army Nordic biathlon competition.

Lance Corporal William Medforth of 5th Battalion The Rifles competed against 235 others at Exercise Pipedown in the French Alps.

The 20-year-old from Hall Green learnt to ski in Norway where after six weeks he showed an aptitude for the biathlon in which skiers have to complete a 15 kilometre circuit of hills and berms coupled with a shooting contest.

Lance Cpl Medforth said: “The Nordic skiing package has been amazing, and I would definitely do it again.

“The army is brilliant, it gives you the opportunity to see and do different things.”

Lance Cpl Medforth joined the army three and a half years ago. He is second in command of an 11 man infantry section, and has carried out operations in Afghanistan.

Major General James Chiswell said: “Adventurous training opportunities like these are very important. It places us outside our comfort zone, tests our strength and develops us as people.”