Guardsman Peter Moreno from Hastings, who serves in the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards has been recognised for his outstanding sporting prowess in this year’s Army Sports Awards.
Peter, aged 26, is a Decathlete and Track and Field Champion.
The awards are presented at a gala dinner event held amidst the grandeur of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst’s Indian Army Memorial Room in front of a packed audience of the Army’s top performing athletes, team players, coaches and sports staff.
Peter stepped forward to receive his ‘Army Sportsman of the Year’ award from Claire Rowcliffe, the Director of fund raising for the Royal British Legion.
An elated Peter said of his achievement: “I’m really shocked and just very very pleased that I won.”
He continued, “This is by far my greatest achievement, it means the world to me.” Asked how the Army had supported him throughout his training, he replied, “My battalion, (Coldstream Guards) have been 100% behind me, I just can’t thank them enough.
I want to push on and make the Army proud.” And as for the future, “My biggest dream is to compete at Tokyo 2020.”
Peter, who was born in Nigeria and moved to the UK in 2000, grew up in Hastings, where he attended William Parker’s College before joining the Army and becoming a Guardsman. In 2015 Peter took up athletics and competed in his native Nigerian Athletics Championships where he came first in the decathlon; he went on to challenge in the African Games where he was placed 7th.
Peter is currently ranked 6th in the United Kingdom for the decathlon with a points score of 7252.
When asked, what first attracted you to the sport? Peter said, “I turned to athletics in order to focus my energies in a positive way and found immediate success at both club and county level.
“I started to compete for the Army in 2013, but did not really dedicate myself as a true athlete in the decathlon until 2015.”
When not training as one of the Army’s top sportsman, Peter swaps his spikes for hob-nail boots and dons the world-famous scarlet tunic and bearskin to perform in front of thousands of tourists at Buckingham Palace.