Aiden takes to slopes for Nordic event

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A soldier from Methley who only started skiing after joining the army took to the slopes of the Bavarian alps to take part in a competition.

Private Aiden Hackett competed in the Exercise Ski Royal Logistic Corps’ at Ruhpolding in Germany.

He raced against more than 350 other soldiers and reservists at the event last month.

He said: “It has been a great chance to learn a new sport.

“I found the fitness gained from my job helped to propel me around the course.”

Pte Hackett, 20, who went to Royds School in Leeds, has been a military driver in the army for two years.

He added: “I was apprehensive when I first started skiing because I knew how high the standard is in the corps but I am really enjoying it.

“The army gives me and other soldiers so many opportunities to train and push ourselves.

“Being able to come to the mountains and go Nordic skiing for work has been incredible despite how hard it has been physically.”

Captain Andy Martin, from Royal Logistic Corps Nordic team, said: “The novices seemed unfazed by the difficulty of the competition.”