THE Queen was most amused after hearing about an RAF gunner’s unusual lockdown exercise regime of pushing a car down the streets.
The beloved monarch, 94, said “Oh” and gave a chuckle when Lance Corporal Shanwayne Stephens, a member of the Jamaican bobsleigh team, told her how he had been using the method to keep fit.The Queen chuckled during a video call with Lance Corporal Shanwayne Stephens[/caption] Stephens, right, who part of the Jamaican bobsleigh team, told the monarch that he has been training by pushing cars during lockdown[/caption]
“Well I suppose that’s one way to train,” the Queen added, laughing.
The conversation came as Her Majesty carried out her second official virtual royal engagement, holding a video call from Windsor Castle with members of the Armed Forces based across the globe.
The Queen had replied “Gosh. Sounds a very dangerous job” when L/Cpl Stephens told her he was the pilot of the bobsleigh squad.
She asked: “So how do you train?”, prompting him to tell her about his unorthodox methods.
L/Cpl Stephens, of the Queen’s Colour Squadron, was one of three military personnel who spoke to the monarch last week as she heard about the work they were carrying out at home and overseas as the coronavirus crisis continues.
The monarch, whose sign-in name on the screen was “Windsor UK”, told them: “Everybody’s been extremely busy with the pandemic and doing a wonderful job.”
L/Cpl Stephens said afterwards: “She had a big smile on her face when I said about pushing the car.
“I think she was quite impressed with that.”L/Cpl Stephens, who is an RAF sniper, hopes to compete in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics[/caption]
Asked if the Queen had backed his bid to compete at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, he laughed and replied: “I’ll have to send her a T-shirt.”
Jamaica-born L/Cpl Stephens, is based at RAF Northolt, joined the RAF in 2011 and specialised as a sniper.
The athlete made headlines during lockdown by pushing his fiancee Amy’s Mini Cooper around Peterborough to keep up his fitness.
With echoes of the 1993 film Cool Runnings, he also set up a temporary weights rack in his garden to train with his teammate Nimroy Turgott, who isolated with him when lockdown began in March.
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L/Cpl Stephens said: “We had to come up with our own creative ways to get our training done to be ready for our competitive season which starts in November.”
He said of the royal video-call: “She seemed very relaxed and in fact she made me feel a bit more relaxed when she came on. She was really smiley.”
The Queen spoke to representatives from the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, as well as the Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter.