RMC West Point Exchange Weekend

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by Officer Cadet Prutchick

This past weekend was a busy one at RMC. Besides being hosts to our American friends from the USMA, the RMC cadets spent the weekend participating in various sports and activities.

On Saturday the 25th of January, the cadets held their seasonal Sports Day, which takes place once every semester. This term's sports included Volleyball (which replaced indoor Flag Football), outdoor ball hockey, and a waterborne obstacle course at the Kingston Military Community Sports Center pool. Each Squadron sent its keenest athletes to participate in each of these events, and the day turned out to be a great one. The waterborne course consisted of large inflatable obstacles floating in the pool at the KMCSC. If you have ever seen the show, "Wipeout," you could probably picture what this obstacle course was all about- speed, agility, and of course, balance! Each squadron had to run 20 cadets through the course as fast as they could, and of course, the squadron with the fastest time would be declared champions. It was an exciting sport to watch, and even the Division and Squadron Commanders were present to cheer on their subsequent cadets. With many close calls and much competition, it was 3 Squadron who came out on top with the W at the end of the day.

Simultaneously, a little down the hallway from the KMCSC pool, the cadets competing in the volleyball tournament battled it out. Walking into the gym and field house, one could see a vast array of coloured squadron t-shirts, all representing their teams. However, it was the colour yellow that stood out the most that day. 6 Squadron held their own the whole day, starting off strong with a crushing defeat against 1 Squadron in their very first match. Even Captain Eric Boucher, Squadron Commander of 1 Squadron, who was not content in simply watching from the sidelines and joined in on the action, could not stop 6 squadron on their road to victory (even with all the chest-bras). Finally, 6 squadron sealed the victory at the end of the day, winning the tournament.

Meanwhile, over in the arctic tundra (on the parade square), the toughest and coldest cadets played a good ol' game of hockey during what was one of the snowiest and chilliest days on campus this semester. Hot chocolate was served off to the side of the square, served all day to all cadets, needed to warm up in the drastic temperatures. There were 3 games going on at a time on the square, and they lasted most of the day. Cadets were slipping and losing balls in snow banks, but managed to make the best of the day and have a great time. When it came down to it, it was 9 Squadron who came out on top, with 7 Squadron in 2nd, and 1 Squadron in 3rd with the bronze.

It was a competitive day filled with action and fun, and even after all the sports were over, the competition continued with the RMC-West Point debate and the RMC-West Point 78th annual hockey game at the K- Rock centre downtown Kingston. At the end of the day, both Americans and Canadians celebrated one last time together before the USMA cadets left for West-Point the next day. All around, the weekend was a great turn out.

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