Spr Molly Tombs is a stalwart of the Royal Engineers Aquatics Committee, whose dedication and persistence has been a driving force behind not only Corps success but also increased female participation in the Corps Swimming, Water-Polo and diving teams.
Despite her rank, Spr Tombs is one of the most active members of the Royal Engineers Aquatics Committee, leading from the front in offering to help run, coach and manage one of the largest Aquatic clubs within the Army; with the Royal Engineers boasting amongst the highest levels of participation and support for Army events. For many in the team, and especially amongst the Corps successful female teams, it is Spr Tombs who is chiefly responsible for this high level of participation.
A keen Water-Polo player and coach and from her position with 3 RSME she has, almost single-handily, help to encourage and nurture new female talent within the Corps. Spr Tombs has always been quick to identify and enable anyone interested in swimming, water-polo or diving and will actively go out of her way to ensure that anyone, regardless of experience, confidence or gender is giving equal opportunity in sport. Her determination, work-ethic and ethos has materialised itself in success for the Corps – culminating last year in the revival of the Engineers women Water-Polo and swimming teams who finished second in both competitions.
Spr Tombs epitomises the Army’s values and standards and is a exemplary example of what anyone, regardless of rank or experience, can achieve in what they are passionate are about. For Spr Tombs this can be distilled into one simple mantra; ensure that sport is accessible to as many soldiers as possible.
For her selfless commitment to the sport, and for her tangible outputs at Corps level, Spr Tombs is fully deserving of recognition from the Maj Gen (Rtd) Darrell Amison CBE Director of the Army Sports Control Board.