The Physical Training School (PTS) has held a closing ceremony for the Assistant Physical Training Instructors Course 72 on Friday 20 December 2019 at the Transformation grounds of the Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS) at Teshie.
In all, a total of 49 students graduated from the 15-week vigorous and demanding course. At the graduation ceremony, the students covered a 5 kilometers steeplechase race climaxing it with a gymnastics display. The gymnastic display included head spring, split and roll, horse display, individual performances among others. The graduands were drawn from the Army, Air Force and Navy. The rest were from the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Air Port Company and the Ghana Prisons Service.
The course was designed primarily to equip and assess the student’s physical fitness, dexterity and agility, man management, strength endurance and most importantly their awareness in executing their day to day duties as physical training instructors.
The Guest of Honour, Commandant, Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS), Major Gen William Omane Agyekum stated that with the emerging threats of terrorism, it had become necessary for personnel to exercise regularly to keep themselves fit to meet any unforeseen circumstances.
The Commandant made mention of the numerous logistical constraints that confronted the Physical Training School in its bid to fulfill its mandate. He assured that efforts were being made to equip the Physical Training School (PTS) with the necessary equipment and also to improve upon the existing facilities to make teaching and learning very effective to meet trends of physical training and fitness.
He congratulated the students for a successful completion of the course and also expressed his gratitude to other sister security service who also participated for the resilient competitive spirit they displayed.
The overall best student award went to Cpl Ashong Samuel while Cpl Obakuma Ebel and L/Cpl Akomah Charles received the second and the first runner up awards respectively. All these award winners are from the Ghana Army. Cpl Azarglo Elvis from the Ghana Army won the best gymnast award. The best allied student award went to Fireman Atta Amoah Ernest from the Ghana Air Port Company while the best female award went to Private Awoaki Cynthia from the Airborne Force. The most-fittest person on the course award went to Cpl Barfour Kyei from the Ghana Police Service.