DAth Darren Cates Makes a Splash More Than Once…
By: Kristin Miller – Recreation and Intramural Coordinator
The day began with a briefing of what to do, and what NOT to do; a part of the speech that RMC Director of Athletics, Darren Cates, must have missed. PSP staff took out the three new J24 boats recently purchased by the yacht club and was shown how to tack, handle the jib and move the Jenny. Early into our sail, the Jenny came across too quickly and knocked DAth out of the boat and smack into the water. The Skipper, Chief Davidson, ensured his crew member was ok before he burst into laughter making note of the irregularity of this type of occurrence. Luckily, Mr. Cates came out unscathed, short only a pair of Ray Bans.
We then broke for a BBQ lunch to allow DAth to dry off, and later put our skills to the test in a final race. A very special thank you to CCWO Davidson, Scotty Marshall and the RMC Yacht Club for hosting such a wonderful day. Not only did we walk away with more sailing knowledge in our hands, but laughing material for months to come.
The sailing team is about to kick off their season as OCdt’s make their way back to campus this weekend. For more information regarding the Yacht Club, please contact Scotty Marshall at [email protected].
Photo above left is Darren Cates participating in the ALS Challenge
Mon. 1 Sep (Labour Day) 4PM McMaster @ RMC Inner Field.
Tues 26 Aug Concordia at RMC 4PM (exhibition)
Sun 31 Aug Queen’s at RMC 4:00 PM
Thurs 28 Aug Concordia at RMC 1PM (exhibition)
Sun 31 Aug Queen’s at RMC 7PM
The ALOY Drill Test
Article: 26405 Nicholas Samson Huxter
ALOY is three weeks into their four-week Orientation Period. They will be granted their cap badges this Friday the 29th of August at 2:00 in the New Gym in Yeo Hall. On Saturday, the ALOY candidates completed an integral part of their training by passing the drill test presided over by the ALOY Squadron NCO, Sgt.Thoman, and assessed by the ALOY CFL and DCFL, OCdt Huxter (26405) and NCdt Yates (26495), respectively.
The Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year Program is now in its 7th year at the Royal Military College. The goal of the program is to develop leadership abilities in aboriginal candidates from across the country so that they can return to their communities and use the skills they have acquired to better lead and contribute. The ALOY Program similar to RMCC is also based on a four pillar program, the only difference being that instead of having a pillar with a focus on Bilingualism, the ALOY program instead has a pillar devoted to aboriginal culture. Nonetheless, the other 3 pillars of leadership, athletics, and academics that the ALOY program shares with RMCC are of prime importance as well. ALOY candidates will complete a year of university studies at RMCC while participating in the Cadet Wing’s intramural and varsity sports programs. In addition, ALOY candidates engage in military training twice a week, with other training spread across the year. The program culminates in a weeklong, 100 kilometre canoe trip, down the Rideau Canal in May and June, which the ALOY candidates themselves lead in a test of leadership. The ALOY program, at its core, is a program to empower the candidates to be better capable of achieving their life goals to benefit themselves and their community as a whole.