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Dec 1, 2016

Coast Guard Searches for the Best Warrior

For the past two days, the competitive spirit among Coastguard officers has been in high levels at their headquarters on the George Price Highway. About fifty officers are participating in six obstacle courses in the annual Best Warrior Competition. On Friday, the officers will compete in the most difficult challenges and the winning team not only earns bragging rights, but also an assortment of prizes including the coveted trophy. News Five’s Duane Moody reports on how the best warrior competition is going.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

The annual Best Warrior Competition of the Belize National Coast Guard started today at its headquarters off mile four on the George Price Highway. Forty-eight coastguard officers from six teams within the rank and file of the force are taking on the arduous task to be dubbed champions amongst their peers. Three days and six obstacles; testing the endurance of the officers in various disciplines similar to that of combat.

 

John Borland

John Borland, Commander, Belize National Coast Guard

“It’s all in the spirit of competition. It is to give the men a chance to showcase their level of fitness, their talent, their skills, teamwork, leadership because what we are trying to do is to get the men in the best possible condition they can and what we describe as being fighting fit; in trying to simulate the environment in which we will fight if we will eventually do so. You know, we don’t get to do that every day so at the end of the year, we bring together one squad from each department: Sector South, Sector North, Sector Central, the Engineering Department, the Headquarters Department and then a Mixed Team from across the coastguard.”

 

As of eight this morning, the teams took on two challenges including the coastguard physical fitness test and a two-mile ocean swim.

 

John Borland

“What you just witnessed here and still is in progress finishing up is the two-mile ocean swim. The events keep getting harder and harder. So we started warming up this morning and we hit our stride and it is a beast of a competition tomorrow. We start with a swim, run and obstacle course tomorrow. So we did a two mile swim here this afternoon; tomorrow we will do a one-mile swim followed by a four-mile run and then to finish up with the obstacle course competition. In the afternoon tomorrow we do coastguard medley competition and so we have a one kilometer route that they are going to go four times around and each time carrying a different burden.”

 

2015 Best Warrior Defending Champions, the Sector South Team, are looking for a repeat. At the end of the two obstacle courses today, the team came out on top in each.

 

Alford Godfrey

Petty Officer III Alford Godfrey, Leader, Sector South Team

“For the team there is a lot of personal dedication. We have our responsibilities—patrolling and other stuff—so we have to do our personal training. On the end, the last two weeks, we came together as a sector and take it on from there.”

 

Duane Moody

“What’s your anticipation for this year? How do you expect to carry on? I know there are four other legs and in the end, when those numbers accumulate, you are still in the top.”

 

Petty Officer III Alford Godfrey

“For Sector South, we take it one event at a time. And all the other coastguard members are pushing hard; they are not leaving anything for us, for grabs. So we gonna take today—we did good today—and then tomorrow morning, the next event we push hard and then from there we progress as a team.”

 

Day two of the Best Warrior Competition started with the third challenge: a swim run and obstacle course competition that included a one mile swim, a four mile run and an obstacle course. The six teams would take off after ten-minute intervals; the total time to complete the challenge is determined by the last member from each team to complete the task at hand.

It was a energy buster, but by the end, one team came out on top.

 

Seaman Apprentice Kliuvert Cal, Sector South Team

“We were not really training that hard, but it is just naturally in us so we went yesterday and put all out and today it is the same thing. Our aim is to get there and just hammer and win for each event.”

 

Challenge number four is the coastguard medley…it’s a four in one obstacle course that tests the officers, pushing them to their limits. Teamwork, in this challenge, is key.

 

Kliuvert Cal

Seaman Apprentice Kliuvert Cal

“We are senior persons for this best warrior competition. We’ve done it the year before and last year, and this year we are doing it again. So we know exactly what is happening.”

 

Duane Moody

“Now your anticipations given the fact that you guys have four wins so far—you are obviously ahead of the game—what are your anticipations for tomorrow, which I understand is the hardest legs that you guys will have to take?”

 

Seaman Apprentice Kliuvert Cal

“Well tomorrow will be really tough and we will just be prepared for tomorrow and just go out there and do the business and get over it.”

 

Duane Moody

“Do you think that you guys will take the title again this year as best warriors?”

 

Seaman Apprentice Kliuvert Cal

“We are very sure and I am so sure that we will take this title again.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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