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AMS Polo - Meet Maj Bunyan

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As part of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC) day celebrations 2018, the Army Medical Services (AMS) Polo Team would like to celebrate the contribution made to the team by QARANC personnel.

The AMS Polo Team is comprised of personnel from the four Corps that make the AMS; the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), the Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC), the Royal Army Dental Corps (RADC) and the QARANC.

2017 was a successful year for the AMS Polo team and the successes would not have been possible without the contribution of the QARANC players.

Meet some of our players….

Name: Samantha Bunyan

Rank: Maj

Regular or Reservist: Reservist

Role (Army): OC 154 Squadron, 225 Medical Regt

Role (Civilian): Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Head of Nursing

How long have you played polo: 1 year

Did you ride before you took up polo: Yes

How did you get into polo: I went to a tri-service match in Scotland to support reservist colleagues that I had met on a training course and was persuaded to give it a try.

Besides AMS Polo where else do you play: I play at a local club and indoor arena polo for lessons. 

Do you own a pony: Yes. 

What do you like about polo: I love the competition on the pitch, the camaraderie, learning and practicing the skills required -balance, poise, control, tactics, strength, endurance, power and grit!

What elements of the sport do you use in your job role: The tactical elements, planning strategy, supporting each other and working as a team to achieve the goal.

Do you partake in other equestrian sports: Not yet, but feel the skills and confidence in riding that I have gained in learning to play polo could easily be transferred to another discipline and I will certainly be investigating other options, especially if it will enhance my game performance. 

Advice for non-polo players: Polo is a game that anyone can learn, even if you haven’t ridden before or if your riding skills are at novice level. It is great fun, builds personal confidence and fitness.

Tell us one polo fact: The line of the ball is the extended path along which the ball has travelled or is travelling, and is used to decide which player has precedence.


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A Career in Army Nursing


The QARANC employs Officers and Soldiers in both the Regular and Reserve Army, as Registered Nurses, Student Nurses, and Health Care Assistants, and we are always looking for people. If you are interested in a career as a Nurse or Health Care Assistant which also offers other great opportunities then you are just the person we are looking for. A career in the QARANC is more than a job, you will have access to extensive training and development opportunities, not just related to your job, but personal development too. You will have the opportunity to use your skills in diverse settings – wherever the Army is employed health care professionals from the QARANC are there. Right now there are QARANC personnel working around the world, including Sierra Leone, Canada, Mali, Afghanistan, Germany, and Cyprus. Being in the QARANC you will have access to, and be expected to undertake adventurous training, and you will have access to free medical and dental care, as well as robust annual leave and pension package. For information contact a member of the QARANC recruiting team on: 01276 412741, 01276 412742 or 01276 412740 or visit

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