The Week That Was & More…

Curling: Time to compete at the next level has arrived!

$6,626 reasons why the RMCC Bike -A-Thon Was A Success

Judo Club recent events

Iron ring serves as a physical reminder of the oath


Curling: Time to compete at the next level has arrived!

Article by: 26684 Marisa Warner – RMCC Rec Curling Club President

All in all, the RMC Curling Club enjoyed another great year! We continued with the recreation curling on Friday evenings at the Garrison Golf and Curling Club. Although our membership was smaller this year than in the past, the club fielded two strong competitive teams that play in the Men’s and the Open leagues at the Garrison Golf and Curling Club. The Men’s team includes Mikael Lemieux (26968), Amos Hebb (27714), Sunny Lildhar (27072), Joseph Ryan (26994), and Greg Radonicich (27571). The Men’s team has a record of six wins and eight losses so far this season. The Open team includes Captain (24963) Jamie Hill (presently a Masters student), Marisa Warner (26684), Drew Spinney (27707), and Sarah General (27205). The Open team has a record of six wins and four losses with playoffs just around the corner.

Looking at next year, a competitive men’s team is being organized with the hopes of competing in more high visibility events and possibly at the OUA level in the coming years. Many of the club’s new members are experienced first years who have curled competitively for many years. It certainly seems that the competitive side of the RMC Curling Club has a strong future ahead of it.

For many of the Club members, one of the highlights of the year was the Club’s trip to Ottawa to watch the opening draws of the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier, the Canadian men’s national curling championships. At the Brier, the Club members were fortunate to meet with (7301) Earle Morris (RMC 1967) (photo centre with his signature cap), one of this year’s inductees into the Curling Hall of Fame and the coach of Team Canada. He expressed his enthusiasm for the RMC Curling Club having two teams curling competitively and excitement for a more competitive future and greater growth.

The RMC Curling Club would like to thank the RMC Club and specifically the RMC Foundation which generously provided the financial support to fund league play and the curling uniforms. The RMC Curling Club is excited about the prospect of continued growth and is very much looking forward to competing at higher levels in the years to come.

26684 Marisa Warner RMC Curling Club President



SoldierOn Charity – Biggest Winner from 2016 Bike-A-Thon

Amount raised – $6,626.95

26669 NCdt (IV) Anna Childerhose

Following the stressful morning of insepctions, RMCC held it’s annual Bike-A-Thon on March 12th. It was a great event spent with friends and squadron mates that lasted a full 24hours and raised money for the SoldierOn charity. Ocdt Virtusio, 10 SQN did an outstanding job as this years IC. Well done to all of those who came out and participated. Here is the bike-A-Thon through the perspective of 3 cadets that participated with maximum effort throughout the event;

“As a first year at RMC, the Bike-A-Thon was an impressive show of determination and collaberation between the different squadrons of the Cadet Wing. To see the amount of enthusiasm and ésprit-de-corps at the event demonstrated how much the cadets at RMC cared about the “Soldier On” cause, and seeing members from each squadron encourage those who were cycling showed the deep bonds of comradery that exist between the cadets at this college. Each squadron displayed lots of effort during the event, and the CSL race at the beginning set the tone for the level of determination for the rest of the event. The turnout by the senior staff and officers was also quite impressive, and showed to the rest of the Cadet Wing that this was not a unilateral effort, but rather a broad action with a wide range of contributions from all parts of the Canadian Armed Forces. Overall, it was a positive, upbeat event that allowed cadets to take a break from their studies while contributing to a worthwhile cause in an environment of friendship and astronomically high college spirit.”

Murray, H 27752 – 4 SQN

“The Bike-A-Thon can be easily described as filling a large room with video games, loud music, sweaty people, and stationary bikes, but that’s not all. The Bike-A-Thon can also be described as an event that breaks the barriers of leadership levels within squadrons. Everyone, first years to fourth years, worked together towards a common goal: to go the farthest distance on an anchored biking apparatus. Determined cadets spent their weekend taking shifts on and off the stationary bikes for a total of 23 hours. Many officer cadets preformed their fastest stationary sprint ever at this year’s RMCC Bike-A-Thon.”

Maas, A 27846 – 2 SQN, I

“I participated in the RMC Bike-A-Thon on Saturday. In previous years, I found it to be a wonderful time where I could spend some time with my friends and benefit Soldier-On. Because of that, I signed up for a single bike, but then decided to open it up to my Division HQ last minute. The schedule turned out to be such that I was on the bike for 17.5 hours (a few of which would not count because apparently you have to turn the computer on manually). I would not recommend this to anyone, especially those that enjoy comfort in the lower-regions of their body. More specifically, the seats of the spin bikes may, in 1200 years, be discovered in an abandoned factory and mistaken for some form of cruel torture device. For anyone who still wants to operate a spin bike for a full day, I do have a few recommendations. The first is that you bring more than 6 granola bars for your food for the day. The second is that you don’t let OCdt Garber sit beside you because he will instinctively eat some of your only granola bars, leaving you hungry for nutrition, sleep, and revenge. My last piece of advice is that the last meal that you have before your cycling begins should not be fishbowls and ice-cream cake, and that you should probably just do 30 mins like everyone else.”

Gorman, A 26852 CDL A

More photo by Victoria Pierrot from the Bike-A-Thon – Here


RMCC Judo Club recent events:

RMCC Judo Clinic

On March 6, 2016, Former Olympian Tina Takahashi came to instruct the RMCC Judo Club. She focused primarily on competitive style judo in order to help prepare the team for their upcoming competition. The workshop helped build the team’s ability to adapt to unconventional fighting styles, and to endure high intensity sparring. She also demonstrated some simple techniques that could be used against common advances. The team also used this occasion to practice sparring with some new opponents, as local Judo Club members were also in attendance. The workshop concluded with words of encouragement, and an invitation to one of Tina’s martial arts workshops in Ottawa. The Clinic was a great opportunity to be taught at a superior level, and it expanded our knowledge and experience.

OCdt William Cresswell (II)


Coupe de Montréal Competition

On March 12, 2016, the RMCC Judo Club attended the Coupe de Montréal Judo tournament in Montréal, QC. There were seven Judoka competing each in a different category based on age, weight and belt level. The tournament went well, with two competitors receiving silver (OCdt Okhotnitski and OCdt Moullard) and two competitors receiving bronze in their divisions (OCdt Levert-Beaulieu and OCdt Généreux). As this was the first Judo competition for most members of the RMCC Judo Club, it was a very rewarding experience that allowed them to interact with people from other clubs from across Quebec and Ontario, as well as develop their skills.

Coupe de Montréal Competition

Le 12 mars 2016 le club de Judo du CMRC est allé au tournoi de Judo Coupe de Montréal. Il y avait sept Judokas qui participaient dans des catégories différentes selon leur poids, âge et niveau de ceinture. Le tournoi s’est bien déroulé, tel que deux compétiteurs ont reçu une médaille d’argent (ÉLOF Okhotnitski et ÉLOF Moullard) et deux compétiteurs ont reçu une médaille de bronze dans leurs catégories respectives (ÉLOF Levert-Beaulieu et ÉLOF Généreux). Étant la première compétition de Judo pour la plupart de ceux du club de Judo du CMRC, c’était une expérience très appréciée qui les a permis de rencontrer plusieurs autres clubs de l’Ontario et du Québec, ainsi que de pratiquer leurs habilités.

OCdt Sébastien Généreux (II)

 More judo photos by Melanie Hughes – Here


Iron ring serves as a physical reminder of the oath


Every year about this time, graduating engineers receive their ‘iron ring’ in a special ceremony. Over many years, in the Kingston area, this ceremony rotates between Queen’s University and Royal Military College of Canada.

Engineers educated / trained in Canada tend to wear an iron ring on their pinky finger of their working hand.

Though participation in the “Calling of an Engineer” ritual to receive an iron ring is voluntary, the longstanding RMCC / Queen’s University tradition has become embedded in the training of engineers.

The ritual was a closed ceremony with only candidates, their mentors — and other engineers who have already taken the oath and received their iron ring — in attendance.

Sunday (20 March)  the event took place at Queen’s. We do not have the exact number but it was likely between 80 – 100 IV year cadets who earned the distinction. Our photographer, Belanna McLean,was able to meet up with some of them.

Following the formal ceremony, all those associated with RMCC returned to the Senior Staff Mess to celebrate the occasion with family, friends and faculty members.

Light refreshments were served and a cash bar was available too.

More photos from the Iron Ring post ceremony social by Bellanna McLean – Here