Must be September – pace picks-up on the peninsula

  • Leadership Garden Party

  • Commandant’s 22 push-up challenge

  • Harrier Race: 5 fun kilometers of hard work and teamwork

  • Another slant to the Harrier Race & the Sports Day

  • Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year (ALOY) Photos of 2016 Badging Ceremony

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Leadership Garden Party

By: WJO

The threat of heavy rains forced the Commandant, Brigadier-General Friday and his key advisors to make a big decision over the noon hour last Thursday (8 Sep).

The annual and highly popular Leadership Garden Party was scheduled for a 1730 hours start on the grounds of the Commandant’s Residence.

The official announcement came out about 1230 hrs – “For those attending the Cmdt’s Garden Party, please note that due to the inclement weather forecast, the event will be held at the Senior Staff Mess.”

Lo and behold – by mid-afternoon the sky cleared and by the start time of the big event – ideal weather conditions prevailed over the entire peninsula.

Of course, with all the behind the scenes logistics involved with food preparations, setup and a host of other details there was no reversing the noon hour decision.

Although some of the regular ambience from 6 Merritt Drive may have been missing; the always friendly welcoming hospitality of the hosts – Brigadier-General Sean Friday & Ms. Anne-Lucie Bouchard (file photo left) shone through brightly during the very enjoyable two hour indoor event.

A good time was had by all!

More photos by Scott Howells from the garden party – Here

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Great video by Erin Agostinelli with Lucien Haddad and Alain Gosselin. – Here

Commandant’s 22 push-up challenge

27832 OCdt (II) Pablo Cardona

On Friday afternoon (9 Sep), just after the end of classes, the entire Cadet Wing and many members of the Training and Academic Wings, including the Commandant and Principal, participated in the 22 push-ups challenge. Although the pavement was hot and the sun blinded those of us without sunglasses, the energy was high as we knew that we were pumping out those push-ups for a good cause.

It is important for all of us – cadets, professors, military staff and athletic staff – to come together and watch for the signs that someone might be close to the edge. Given the spate of recent tragedies, it is important for the RMC community to look after one another and prevent further tragedies.

Completing the daily push-up challenge certainly is fun and spreads awareness of an important issue. However, it is more important that we learn to look after one another and change the conversation about mental illness in our day-to-day lives.

View all posts by: Pablo Cardona Here

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Harrier Race: 5 fun kilometers of hard work and teamwork

Article by: 27472 (III) OCdt Eliza Bruce

For the first time since my attendance at the college, the annual Harrier Race took place on a Saturday morning that was not raining.  Therefore, under some pleasant sunshine and friendly cloud cover, the entire student body set out on what is considered a classic wing-wide tradition, marking the beginning of a new academic year and also the first time that the FYOP cadets are integrated with their respective squadrons in a college event.

The Harrier Race consists of a 5 kilometer course stretching across the sprawling RMC campus and up to Fort Henry, around a grassy field, and back down around the point of the peninsula, concluding at the initial starting spot, the parade square.  This running route is quite familiar and popular to the Officer Cadets, as it is a run experienced during FYOP and later on a good route for personal cardio workouts.

This particular race is not a typical race.  Although there are designated ‘runners’ from each squadron, who race individually to contribute to a good overall time for their squadron—consequently securing points towards the year-end Commandant’s Cup—the remaining members of each squadron rally around the first year flights and there is a great deal of comradery, hilarity, friendly rivalry, and squadron pride (flags, colours, and mascots) to be had.  During the race, as the entire school begins the trek on the route, squadrons, teams, flights, and friends group together within and outside of their squadrons, joining the wing in a moment of healthy physical activity and good-spirited competition.

OCdt Victoria Pierrot, a first year in 12 Squadron, enthusiastically described the race as a great experience for the first years to meld with their squadrons and feel the college family atmosphere; “It was great to see everyone pushing each other to do their best,” she added, and indeed it is a great feeling both to cross the finish line at a full sprint, as it is to cheer on remaining comrades as they finish as well.  There is nothing like a run to kick off a year of motivated cardio!

Fastest female: 22.29 seconds, OCdt Kiltz (IV), 7 Squadron

Fastest male: 16.23 seconds, OCdt Roots (I), 4 Squadron

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Another slant to the Harrier Race & the Sports Day

Article by: 27432 NCdt (III) Kathryn Spaulding

Following the first week of classes, this past Saturday was the RMCC Fall Semester Sports Day. Sports Day is a way for the Cadet Wing to ring in the year with a day of fitness, teamwork and fun. The day started with the 5km Harrier Race where Squadrons show their colours and pride while competing against the rest of the college for time. The fastest male Officer Cadet was OCdt Logan Roots, 4 Squadron, with a time of 16:23 and the fastest female was OCdt Carmen Kiltz, 7 Squadron, with a time of 22:29.

All-in-all the fastest Squadron was 3 Squadron.

The day continued on with tournaments in Flag Football, Ultimate Frisbee, and the Maze Game. Friendly competition is a great way to foster Squadron cohesion especially with the incoming first year cadets in the middle of their First Year Orientation Period.

The Flag Football champions were 10 Squadron, Ultimate Frisbee was won by 5 Squadron and the Maze Game was claimed by 8 Squadron. The competition ended with a Tug-o-War tournament. This energetic event left 6 Squadron victorious, as well as dubbed to have the most Squadron spirit overall.

All of these events led to 5 Squadron taking the lead in this year’s Commandants Cup with 1 Squadron in second and 8 Squadron in third place.

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More photos from the Harrier Race and Sports Here

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Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year (ALOY) Photos of 2016 Badging Ceremony. Here

Article forthcoming…