21st January 2016
It was indeed a proud moment for 23 year old former Trinity student Kim Webber Marks and her family. On 17 December 2015 she passed out at Pirbright Army Training Centre in Surrey, emerging as a member of the British Army a mere 14 weeks after walking into the Centre as a civilian, having completed her phase 1 training.
The training regime is necessarily tough and the days were long, with reveille at 0515, and the day’s activities coming to a close at 2200. Of the 48 women who started, only 24 actually passed out, and they had to deal with trauma of the death of one recruit very early on.
It was a proud moment too for Trinity Deputy Head, Lawrence Coen, who together with his family had been invited by Kim to attend the ceremony. Mr Coen explains that he was one of several members of the current teaching staff who taught Kim, and he recalls that Kim was an amazing student. 'During her final year she applied to study Sport at University in Aberystwyth,' says Mr Coen. 'She was given an offer of a place but when the university tutors later reviewed her astonishing personal statement they were so impressed that they instantly dropped grade requirement, the only time I have ever seen this happen. The University need not have worried: Kim actually achieved a score of 98% in her A level PE. She really is a remarkable young lady. At the ceremony she was also presented, in front of the rest of the platoons passing out that day, with an award for being the Best Physical Training cadet. (pictured). In a way this comes as no surprise. Kim was awarded a scholarship through the Royal Logistics Corps for her sport, mainly for swimming and triathlon. She even took part in a 5km inter-services open water swim for the Army even before she joined and came in the top ten. Myself and my family were very lucky and privileged to be invited by Kim to share the occasion with her.’
Kim is now in Yorkshire doing her vehicle handling training before moving to Brize Norton as part of the Air Dispatch Corps.
Congratulations and well done, Kim Webber Marks, from all at Trinity. We wish you the very best for your future in the Army.