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The 21 Artillery Company, with 702 points, emerged as the top male team when the Guyana Defence Force staged its Third Quarterly run and shoot fitness competition at the ranges of Base Camp Stephenson yesterday. The 31 Special Force Squadron,Vincent Kompany Manchester City Jersey UK, with 684 points gained second place, while Pirai Company earned third place with 656 points.Fittest of the fit of the Guyana Defence Force, GDF lot: 21 Artillery Company on the road to victory.On Wednesday, the first day of the competition, the 15 male teams and two female teams competed in target shooting, rope climbing,Taylor Mays USC Jersey, swimming, a navigation exercise, a medical test,Kenedy Chelsea Jersey UK, and a memory test. Yesterday the final day of the competition, the teams, decked out in battle kit, undertook a five-kilometer run, the completion of the obstacle course, falling plate shoots, and grenade throwing, to wrap up the competition.21 Artillery Company won the Falling Plate Shoots with 104 points, while 31SF Sqn won the Target Shoots with a total of 61 hits. 31SF also had the best times in the Rope Climb (09.26 minutes), run (24.13 minutes), and the swim (01.25 minutes) while Pirai Company completed the obstacle course with the best time of 03.31 minutes.Although Base Camp Ayanganna females had the best times at the run (36.34 minutes) and the obstacle course (6.15 minutes),Christian Laettner Team USA Jersey, top honours once again went to Base Camp Stephenson’s females who racked up 495 points, as against Base Camp Ayanganna’s total of 381 points.A Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force male team, led by Second Lieutenant Kori Joseph,Eugenio Mena Jersey, participated in the competition for the first time and its members committed themselves well to beat six or 15 teams.Second Lieutenant Joseph said that it was an honour for his team to have been invited to participate in the competition and thanked the GDF for the opportunity. He noted that the competition was tough and despite unfamiliarity with the terrain and location, it was worth the while to have participated.He and his teammates were excited and they tackled all aspects of the competition with gusto. “This competition is a true demonstration of how espirit de corps is built in the military. It truly challenges the mental and physical fitness of the soldiers while ensuring that command and leadership skills are put to the test. We are happy to be here,Lance Alworth Chargers Jersey,” he said.He praised the Officers and Ranks of the GDF for their hospitality and looks forward to returning in the future for another try at winning the competition.The Guyana Police Force also fielded a male team which participated for the second time and earned fifth place among the 15 participating teams.Commodore Gary Best congratulated the winners but remarked that there was room for improvement. He reminded the soldiers that fitness was not an option but rather a necessity for the assessment of the military man or woman.He encouraged the soldiers to embrace fitness as part of their everyday regimen and charged the Commanders to ensure that the fitness level and physical training for soldiers is stepped up. The Commodore said that there must be a comprehensive approach to fitness and physical training of all soldiers from the highest levels of the command within the Force all the way to the Private.The COS along with other Senior Officers distributed trophies and medals to the winning teams. The next Quarterly Fitness Competition is scheduled for November.
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