Garrison hosts CAF Sports Day
Sean Chase/Daily Observer Sports Day in Canada saw unique sporting and recreational events held for military personnel and their families across Garrison Petawawa last Friday. Here 2 Field Ambulance faces off against 4th Canadian Division Support Base personnel in a match of sit volleyball.
GARRISON PETAWAWA - Despite the high operational tempo, many troops took some time from their duties to participate in the fifth annual Sports Day in Canada last Friday.
As a national celebration of athletics and competition, Sports Day in Canada saw sporting and recreational events held for military personnel and their families at bases and wings across Canada, including Petawawa. Col. Louis Lapointe, commander of 4th Canadian Division Support Group, said Sports Day is one that is enthusiastically embraced by all personnel.
“This garrison is already very active in terms of physical fitness but Sports Day allows them to discover different sports,” said Col. Lapointe. “It's a fun day and a day where people can put their tools down, go do some sports and promote a healthy lifestyle.”
Among the activities tackled by the troops were 3-on-3 hockey at the Silver Dart Arena, sit volleyball, kin-ball, handball, ultimate frisbee, dodgeball, slo-pitch, ball hockey and flag football. They also tried their hand in archery, water-borne team relay races, a drag and sprint, and an airdyne competition.
Sports Day is viewed as an ideal opportunity to celebrate the power of sport and all it can do to promote the culture of fitness in the Canadian Armed Forces. Last year, over 11,000 people participated in over 200 Sports Day activities. This event falls in line with the mission statement of the military's sports program in that it helps develop leadership, perseverance, self-discipline, confidence, and sportsmanship for all its participants. It also contributes to unit cohesion, team work, and high degree of esprit de corps and camaraderie.
With troops getting ready for missions to Latvia and other destinations around the world, it's rare that the garrison can take a day to go out as units and compete in sports such as this.
“It's good to take a pause in the operational tempo,” added Col. Lapointe.
This year, the national Canadian Armed Forces Sports Day culminated with a sports awards ceremony in Ottawa.