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Nov 22, 2019

B.D.F. Team Defeats the Coast Guard to Win the 2019 Best Warrior Competition

After three days of gruelling competition, the Belize Defence Force proved they are a force to reckon. A group of eight soldiers broke records to take home for the first time the title of Best Warrior defeating the Belize Coastguard in almost every challenge in the Best Warrior Competition. The victory was long in coming so it was a bitter sweet moment for the soldiers who while exhausted, savoured the moment. Here is News Five’s Duane Moody. 

 

Krishawn Bermudez

Krishawn Bermudez, One Battalion Alpha Squad, B.D.F.

“Everything here is motivation and dedication again. The teamwork that we guys put in; as you can see the effort we put in. But we won’t say much because the evidence is here. From the first day we were here; we came in first till now. Again I have to say, I cannot do it myself. I have to do it with the support of my team members. I believe they could try again next year cause we will always be here to defend our title if God is willing.”

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

The One Battalion Squad of the Belize Defense Force wins the 2019 Best Warrior Competition hosted by the Belize Coast Guard. For the past six years, a unit from the coast guard would capture the title, but this year around, a group of eight soldiers from the B.D.F. came together with a mission at hand, to dominate the competition and take home the coveted title of Best Warrior. From the first challenge three days ago, the team has been leading the pack. On Thursday morning, there was a tie with the Sea SAG team from the coast guard, but by afternoon they were back in the lead by ten points and continued extending the gap this morning and then overcame the crucible obstacle course for the big win.

 

Marvin Ical

Lance Corporal Marvin Ical, One Battalion Alpha Squad, B.D.F.

“My team when they get up dehn willing to eat the road. When we start the march, we make a strategy where no one could get fatigue and we have to look back pan my members. They call it crucible, but we, I don’t think my guys will take it as crucible; they will take it as piece of the cake; normal. We will eat the chain.”

 

At the end of the shooting challenge this morning, the Seals from the Coast Guard, better known as Sea SAG, remained in second place with a twenty-point gap between the B.D.F. team. But the crucible is on the coast guard’s turf so Petty Officer Class Three Ardel Avila was optimistic that there is still a possibility to snag the title.

 

Ardel Avila

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

“It’s a lot of mental now. It’s been two long days so far so now it is just the mental focus for the guys. It is something that we have trained for, we have won it already so now it is just that mental focus from each and every single individual on the team and a lot of weight on the team leader, which is me, to keep my guys composed to win the next even so that we can become victorious at the end of the day. It’s our home turf. Yesterday the B.D.F. did good because they had the home advantage because the obstacle was held at Price Barracks. This evening we have the final event which is going to be held on the coast guard grounds. I mean not to boast, but going into our home grounds, nothing is going to be given to the B.D.F.; I mean they will have to work for what they want.”

 

And work they did! The B.D.F. team strategized their attack on every challenge they encountered. The toughest of them all, the crucible, is exactly what it means. Commander Gregory Soberanis says it pushes the men to their limits.

 

Gregory Soberanis

Commander Gregory Soberanis, Fleet Commander, Belize Coast Guard

“One of the things that the B.D.F. did this year, which was a smart thing, they realized from last year that swim was one of their weaker elements so they did some swim training and they improved tremendously in that category and as we saw this morning, they were really motivated, they were hungry for it and they displayed a high level of team work and hence they came in first for the march in this morning’s event. After this march and shoot, you are extremely fatigued; carrying all that weight for nine miles really puts a toll on the body because there is full marching order. So you don’t have a lot of time to rest and recover for the crucible and the crucible is exactly what it is; it’s almost like you are being crucified. We have a chain that is three hundred pounds that you must carry. As I mentioned yesterday; those huge tires so it takes a lot out of you. And you must finish by negotiating that obstacle course. By then, your arms are fatigued; your legs are burning so it really takes great intestinal fortitude. But you know something, from day-one we’ve said, this is what the security forces for the country of Belize is all about. We must be able to endure and push beyond the average threshold of pain.”

 

Going into 2020, Soberanis says that the intent is to extend the competition to include other entities, who have expressed interest in participating in the Best Warrior Competition.

 

Commander Gregory Soberanis

“Hopefully next year, we can get the Commissioner of Police to get the police involved and be a part of this event as well. I know the fire chief and his staff wants to compete, they want to be a part of what is happening here and we will make room and facilitate that request. We definitely want to engage the Mexican Navy; they are great partners of ours and have expressed interests to be a part of this competition as well. We saw BATSUB this year as the officiating staff; they have also expressed interest in this competition. So hopefully next year, we can see this competition expand to other entities and make it more challenging and competitive.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.


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