Royal Air Force Regiment Lance Corporal
Shanwayne Stephens was born in Port Antonio Jamaica. He emigrated to the UK aged 11 with his family. Known to his friends as Shan, he Joined the Royal Air Force in 2011 as a Regiment Gunner. On graduation, Shan was posted to RAF Northolt and a job on the famous Royal Air Force Queen’s Colour Squadron. On this tour he specialised in drill and ceremonial duties in addition to developing further the basic skills required of a Royal Air Force Gunner.
He was also fortunate enough to take part in numerous ceremonial engagements such as The Festival of Remembrance, The International Military Tattoo and Changing of the Guards.
Shan is a keen shooting marksman, a basic skill required by all gunners. He represented both the Royal Air Force and Regimental teams in the UK and overseas competition, including international competition in Canada and the USA.
Initially Shan joined the Royal Air Force seeking a spirit of adventure and travel and was not disappointed. The unpredictability of what sometimes lies ahead in the RAF, the opportunity to try a whole host of different activities, sports and education are a constant challenge but have also provided motivation for Shan to continue to grow and develop in the Royal Air Force.
Shan started his Bobsleigh journey in 2014 initially coming to the fore as a promising athlete before transferring those abilities into the world of Bobsleigh. He was selected to represent the Royal Air Force at the Inter-service Championships, making the team at his first attempt and representing his service in the race held at La Plagne in France.
He managed to catch the eye of the Jamaica team in 2017. He was subsequently invited to test with the Jamaican International team in Calgary and performed outstandingly. This led to an international call up for the second part of the season where the team narrowly missed out on Olympic qualification by one place in the last race of the season.
Shan is currently on the Royal Air Force elite athlete programme. A select group of RAF athletes who are provided every opportunity to train and develop in pursuit of their sporting goals. The Royal Air Force recognises the benefits that high achieving athletes bring to the organisation. Shan is currently fully focussed on pursuing his dream of competing in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.