'Inspirational' Dale given award
A NAVAL officer from near Truro has been recognised for his "inspiring" work promoting boxing among men and women serving with the Royal Navy.
Warrant officer Dale Randle, 45, was named Sports Official of the Year at the Royal Navy Sports Awards last week.
The father of one from St Newlyn East has been involved with the sport for 28 years and was hailed by top brass as an "inspiration to a generation of sportsmen and women".
The Navy is now home to one of the most successful boxing clubs in the country.
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Mr Randle is the secretary of the Royal Navy Boxing Association, a former Navy champion and Combined Services' representative, a Navy coach, an England standard judge and a qualified international referee.
He said: "I am very honoured and proud to be recognised for my achievements and ongoing contributions to ensure that Royal Navy boxing continues to flourish."
Mr Randle has been responsible for a number of national and European tournaments and even organised a tournament on board HMS Ocean off the coast of Gibraltar.
He was also central to the development of women's boxing in the Royal Navy, now said to be "thriving".
"For me boxing has been a massive part of my life, teaching me many life skills such as discipline, fitness, courage and respect, some of the values and qualities which are fundamental to success in the naval service," added Mr Randle.
He is currently serving as the physical training (PT) and recreation officer at HMS Raleigh, Torpoint, and was selected to be part of the flag-raising team for the medal ceremonies at this year's London Olympics.
Originally from Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, Mr Randle lives with his wife, Ally, and son, Olly, 5.
He joined the Navy in 1985 and spent the first four years of his career as a sonar specialist on submarines. He transferred to the PT branch in 1989.
His first appointment in his new role after completing his training was at HMS Raleigh, where he was charged with taking classes of new recruits through the PT element of their basic training.
Since then he has gone on to serve on board four warships, including the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal during the second Gulf War. He has also served ashore at RNAS Culdrose.