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Nov 20, 2019

Day-One of the 2019 Best Warrior Competition

The Annual Best Warrior Competition got underway this morning and continues until Friday.  Teams of competing soldiers of the Belize Defence Force and the Belize Coastguard are pushing their limits in the physical and mental challenges they must overcome to earn the title of Best Warrior for 2019.  The competition is taking place at different locations, including the headquarters of the Coastguard and the B.D.F.  News Five’s Duane Moody has a report on day one.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Day-one of the 2019 Best Warrior Competition organized by the Belize Coast Guard started today and will continue through to Friday. Seven teams, the best of the best from the B.D.F. and the Coast Guard are participating in six gruelling tasks; two of which were completed today, that are testing their mettle and endurance and teamwork, among other skills.


Gregory Soberanis

Commander Gregory Soberanis, Fleet Commander, Belize Coast Guard

“Today marks the commencement of the seventh annual best warrior competition. There is no other competition like this competition in the country of Belize. This is the most prestigious military competition that there is for Belize. Today what you have behind me are seven elements of the best fighting units from within the Belize Coast Guard and the Belize Defence Force who are competing for the coveted title of the best warrior. This morning, what you are witnessing is what is known as the coast guard fitness test which includes: push-ups, sit-ups, pull ups, the dips and concludes with a two mile run. This afternoon is the second event of the first day which includes a one-mile swim and you immediately transition into a six mile run. So it is going to be a fun day for the warriors out here today.”


In day-one, the teams are highly motivated having completed the first leg of the competition. Defending champions are the Strike Team of the Coast Guard. Team captain Alford Godfrey says he they are not fazed by their opponents. They are in it to win it, having competed since the start of the competition seven years ago. Godfrey says that even the substitute for any team member who may get injured is well prepared.


Alford Godfrey

Petty Officer II Alford Godfrey, Strike Team, Coast Guard

“The strike team went through a total of two and a half months of training; rigorous training. Our motto is one team one dream. The way we train; that’s the way we are going to fight so we train hard and fight easy. We know each and every event like the palm of our hands so we are not guessing anything. We are not worrying about the rivals; we are not worrying about the other teams or whatever they bring; we know what we have from the beginning. So our strategy is to dominate each and every event and get the hundred points.”


Two teams were fielded from the Belize Defence Force: the Special Forces Team, formerly known as BSAG and the Alpha Company Team. Coming in the top three of the morning round, Krishawn Bermudez of the B.D.F. says that they are coming for the win this time around.


Krishawn Bermudez

Krishawn Bermudez, Alpha Company Team

“We have been training for the past two months and all the team spirit and motivation and dedication we put; we actually put family aside because of the sacrifice we have to make to be a part of this team.”


Duane Moody

“What is your anticipation? This is the first time you guys are competing in the best warrior competition?”


Krishawn Bermudez

“This is not my first time; this is the second time we are competing in this competition and our motivation and standard is always up so everyone most of the time always got their eyes on us because they know we are the best, regardless of the situation we are in right now. But we got this. The three-day activity is nothing compared to what we do on a daily basis. So it is not really much of a competition, but a warm up for us. So we are always on a standard that no one can take away from us.”


But Commander Gregory Soberanis believes that it will all come down to the final round with the crucible on Friday where only the true warriors will emerge as the winner.


Commander Gregory Soberanis

“The crucible is where you must go through a series of events. For example, you need to flip those huge tires which are not twenty-five pounds or thirty pounds; these things are heavy. You have the logs, you have that chain that is extremely heavy and then you finish with negotiating the confidence course. By then, your legs are hurting, your arms are hurting—you are in pain—and this is where you must push through because we must be able as the best fighting elements in our units to be able to go above the average threshold and this is what this competition is all about.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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