A former Brooksbank School pupil has been flying the flag for Calderdale at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Private Kate Broster, a combat medical technician, is one of the flag-raisers at some of the 150 medal presentation ceremonies that take place throughout the Games.
Pte Broster, 21, has already participated in a number of welcoming ceremonies, which took place when the different Commonwealth teams arrived in the Athletes’ Village, and involved raising their flag and playing their national anthem.
Pte Broster, a private in the Royal Army Medical Corps, said she was delighted to be picked to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime event in Scotland.
“I was selected to take part in the London 2012 Olympics, but I was working on venue security then,” she said, “I got a really good report from that and, as a result, I was selected for the Commonwealth Games.
“It’s very different being in the ceremonial team. There is a lot of rehearsal and practice time, with long days stood in the sun. I enjoyed meeting the public at the Olympics, and I don’t have so much contact with them here.
“But I do get stopped by people asking to have their photos taken with me because I’m dressed in my Number Two uniform, rather than combat clothing. Everyone seems really friendly.”
Pte Broster joined the Army in 2009 and has since served in Afghanistan, Jordan, Kenya, Scotland and Wales. She is currently serving with 33 Field Hospital at Fort Blockhouse in Gosport, Hampshire.
She lives in Tidworth, Wiltshire, with her fiancé, Lance Corporal Tyler Walsh, who serves in 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. A keen sportswoman herself, Kate lists athletics and horse riding among her sporting interests.
Pte Broster is one of approximately 2,500 service personnel assisting Police Scotland to ensure that the 20th Commonwealth Games are safe, secure and smooth-running.
Members of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force personnel are assisting the police and stewarding staff to ensure that thousands of spectators, who have poured into Glasgow from all over the world, get into venues safely and quickly.
Service personnel are also providing search teams for five of the major venues at the Games and have spent the past few weeks training for those roles.
The Commonwealth Games are taking place in Glasgow until August 3.