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Dec 4, 2018

Who Will Be 2018’s Best Coast Guard Warrior?

The Best Warrior competition started today at the Belize Coastguard Headquarters. During the next four days, participating law enforcement officers will compete to test their mental and physical acumen in a number of tough challenges. It is one way of identifying the best warrior from the ranks of the Coastguard and the Belize Defence Force. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The annual challenge to determine the fittest and most complete soldier in Belize’s armed forces is underway with teams of B.D.F. and coast guard officers participating in the Best Warrior Competition.  For the sixth year running, these athletes are taking part in a four-day schedule that will see them running, climbing, lifting weights and swimming.  In the end, only one will be awarded the coveted title.


Greg Soberanis

Lt. Com. Greg Soberanis, Organizer, Best Warrior Competition

“This is the only event of its kind in the country of Belize, the Coast Guard Best Warrior Competition.  This is an event where we seek to identify the best fighting elements within the security forces by testing leadership, physical ability and team cohesiveness.  So all these great attributes that individuals and teams must have in order to be high achievers.  All these components and elements are tested throughout this competition.”



“You said the forces, that includes the coast guard, B.D.F. and police?”


Lt. Com. Greg Soberanis

“For this year we have only teams from the Belize Coast Guard and the Belize Defense Force competing this year.”


Isani Cayetano

“Isn’t it somewhat disappointing that as part of the broader armed forces, that the police aren’t represented here?”


Lt. Com. Greg Soberanis

“Hopefully in the future we can have the police department be a part of this competition.  I know at this current time they are heavily burdened with commitments outside of Belize City and within Belize City, so we look forward to having them next year as a part of this competition.”


Following a series of grueling challenges, which will include a log race and a heavy chain sprint, these men will go through an obstacle course called the Crucible which is design to push them to their mental and physical capacities.


Lt. Com. Greg Soberanis

“On day four which is the last day, is what we call the Crucible.  Now this is a make or break event.  This one is the one that really hurts the teams and you really got to strategize again and you really gotta put in a lot of effort in making this event completed.  This involves the logs, you gotta do the circular with the logs.  Again, the one kilometer circle that you do.  So you do that, you do the first event with the log.  You have to carry a chain over three hundred pounds, you flip the tires which are extremely heavy for a distance and you finish off with the obstacle course and your time stops with the rope climb.”


The idea of the competition, says Lieutenant Commander Greg Soberanis, is to test the abilities of these athletes beyond what they would ordinarily achieve in an ordinary obstacle course.


Lt. Com. Greg Soberanis

“This is a really challenging competition, it really takes you beyond your comfort zone and as members of the security forces, the teams that you see represented here are the best of the best.  They train hard and as a result they are going to compete hard but it takes a lot of preparation to meet this high standard of physical ability and to be able to compete at this level.  In fact, this competition, the standard of this competition is a special forces standard that we judge this competition by.”


The Best Warrior Competition concludes on Friday. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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