Sailor Sports Day

Fleet School Sports Day 2012

LS Darren Hann takes his turn at bat during Fleet School Sports Day.

Staff and students from CF Fleet School took a break from classroom learning for some sports competition Sept. 14 at the annual Fleet School Sports Day.

More than 700 students and teachers took to the fields at the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre for a little physical exertion, to stay fit and clear their minds.

“They spend a lot of time cooped up in classrooms, watching presentations,” says PO1 Judith Hales, Fleet School Sports Officer. “Here they can get some exercise, get to know more about each other and how they work together.”

Competition isn’t the focus of the day, though there are winners for each sport. Skills utilized during team sports are closely related to the skills needed to be successful in the military.

“Playing a sport is all about leadership, teamwork, and knowing your role,” says PO1 Hales. “It’s important to instil that understanding of teamwork and community early on. It’s a huge advantage later in your career.”

The day’s competition was conducted round robin style. The Marine Systems Engineer team placed first in floor hockey; the Blue Team, made up of a mixture of students from all sections, took first in soccer; OS Oswald Lindsay had the top score on the golf course; Cdr Daniel Riis and civilian Sylvie Rochette won doubles tennis; the Naval Combat Information Operators came first in softball; and finally, the beach volleyball champions were the Sonar Operators.

Shawn O’Hara, Staff Writer

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