A junior soldier from Sunderland has graduated from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate with a top prize after spending every evening in the gym.
Private Lennon Ord, 17, was awarded the prize for Most Improved Junior Soldier after spending hours of his own time working out at the college at Uniacke Barracks, Penny Pot Lane.
Lennon joined the Army Foundation College in March for a course combining vocational education and military training.
“I feel a lot of pride receiving this award, mainly because I worked as hard as I could all year,” he said.
“I improved a lot in terms of my fitness and leadership, I spent lots of time in the gym and running every night in my own time.”
Lennon joined the college in March for a course combining vocational education and military training. He got an NVQ in IT and key skills as well as gaining practical soldiering skills.
He now wants to join 2nd Battalion The Rifles, who are based in Northern Ireland.
“I’m hoping to travel around the world,” he said.