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Nov 21, 2019

B.D.F. and Coastguard Teams Neck & Neck in Best Warrior Competition

Day two of the Best Warrior Competition took the B.D.F. and Coastguard teams to Price Barracks, the home of Belize Defense Force.  The obstacles today were more gruelling and the competition more fierce producing a tie among the teams. But one common factor is team work, which both sides have to master to win. Here is News Five’s Duane Moody with a report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Going into day-two of the 2019 Best Warrior Competition, the Sea SAG Team of the Belize Coast Guard was leading the contest, with the One Battalion Team from the Belize Defense Force trailing behind with a ten point difference. Today’s events commenced at Price Barracks, the headquarters of the B.D.F. where the men had to swim some fifteen laps in a pool before running two miles and then taking on the obstacle course of the B.D.F.

 

Gregory Soberanis

Commander Gregory Soberanis, Fleet Commander, Belize Coast Guard

“Another intense day here. Teams are really driving hard, competing hard. Yesterday’s standing we had the Sea SAG from the Coastguard in first place followed by Alpha Company in second place. The competition is on; first event of the day. Once we are finished here from Price Barracks, we transition back to Coastguard Headquarters for the second event of day-two. This afternoon, we’ll be having what is called the medley. You will do four kilometres and every kilometre that you do, you will pick up a burden. So for the first kilometre you will have a weighted obstacle that you will need to carry. You do one kilometre with that burden, you come back to the start point, you remove that and take on another burden and go another kilometre. So it is really challenging. This is where the teamwork, the motivation and all those attributes that I spoke about come into play.”

 

The leading coastguard team was highly motivated going into today’s events. Back in 2017, they were victorious over this year’s defending championships, the Strike Team, who were at third place today. Petty Officer Class Three Ardel Avila says they are taking it one challenge at a time.

 

Ardel Avila

Petty Officer III Ardel Avila, Sea SAG Team, Belize Coast Guard

“Mentally, we started the competition from two three months back putting in hard work on the training ground and now we just came out to put in our all and the hard work should pay off at the end of the competition. We plan to support each other through which obstacles anyone cannot do and we just make it to the finish and hopefully we should have the best time of all the teams today and to remain on the top.”

 

But the One Battalion Team, also known as Alpha Company from the B.D.F., is not going to give up the win that easily. At the end of this morning’s challenge, they were tied with the Sea Sag at two hundred and eighty points apiece for first place in the competition so far.

 

Marvin Ical

Lance Corporal Marvin Ical, One Battalion Team, B.D.F.

“It was just a warm up the first day. We are just watching and adjusting. Yesterday’s event, we came in second now our motive is to come in first place. We are alert, well motivated and we will push for the first place. Warriors don’t complain. Yesterday we do the event on their ground, now it is our ground and I don’t think that it is a difference to me.”

 

Duane Moody

“You think that for the first year, B.D.F. is going to take the title?”

 

Lance Corporal Marvin Ical

“Well I believe we are moving forward to it and we make srue we work hard to get it.”

 

With a unit from either of the security forces neck to neck, incoming Commandant of the Coastguard, Elton Bennett says that it fosters the camaraderie between both the Belize Defense Force and the Belize Coast Guard.

 

Elton Bennett

Captain Elton Bennett, Incoming Commandant, Belize Coast Guard

“Positive rivalry, I would call it, not tensions. We definitely look forward for our B.D.F. counterparts to come and compete because we train all year long and when we have that opportunity to really test yourself against the fighting forces in the B.D.F.; that’s when you really see what you are made of and that’s where you see your benchmark and see if you are improving or not. So we definitely welcome the participation and the competition that the B.D.F. brings to this event. A big part of what we do on our annual calendar of events. It is an opportunity for the guys to really get out and test their physical strength; their teamwork and cohesion is very important. So while it is a very physical and demanding activity, what we are really looking at is team effort. If you notice, some of the activities is based on the team time and that’s what we are really looking at; how those teams can train together and operate together and looking forward to competition like this where they can get out and demonstrate that.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.


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