Chiringa Platoon Wins 2020 Inter-Platoon Junior Steeplechase Competition

The Chiringa platoon of Regular Career Course (RCC) 60 has emerged as the overall winners of the inter-platoon Junior steeplechase competition held at the Military Academy Training Schools (MATS) Physical Training grounds on Friday 24 January 2020 in Teshie.

They won the competition with a total points of 1505. The Burma platoon took the second position with 1746 points whiles Abyssinia platoon came third with 1788 points.

The Junior steeplechase course was laid on a circuit of 8 kilometers through difficult terrain at the end of which competitors were expected to clear a chain of obstacles comprising horizontal ladder, 2-feet metal bar, scramble net and a 5 foot ditch. They also went through some other obstacles such as the balancing beam, confidence climb, vertical and horizontal rope climbing and the tunnel crossing and heave ups to the chest 4 times before reporting at the finishing point.

The Guest of Honour, Chief Staff Officer at the Naval Headquarters, Commodore Godwin Livinus Bessing commended the cadets for the spectacular display of will-power and sportsmanship exhibited throughout the competition.

He noted that the objective of the steeplechase competition had always been to inculcate into the Officer cadets the value of determination, endurance and teamwork under difficult moments.

He reiterated that as future commanders, their subordinates would look up to them at a time when their endurance and mental capacities had been stretched to their limits.

He also reminded the cadets that after they had been commissioned as officers into GAF, passing their Basic Fitness Test (BFT) would be a key pre-requisite for their promotional examination and nomination to embark on any peace support operation and therefore, seized the opportunity to advise them to always keep fit. 

In all, five awards were presented. O/Cdt Ennor Alphonsus Kwaw Ndabia won the overall best runner award. N/Cdt Amoah Agyeman Rhoda received the best female runner award.  The second runner up award went to O/Cdt Bamfo George Oti with the first runner up award going to O/Cdt Duah Prince. They received trophies and certificate of merits.