Women Train for Wonder Woman 2023 Competition

Women Train for Wonder Woman 2023 Competition

The women of the Belize Coast Guard and the Belize Defence Force are presently training for the upcoming Wonder Woman 2023 competition.  The competition has been ongoing for the past seven years.  According to the Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard, Rear Admiral Elton Bennett, the event is one that the women look forward to each year.

RADM Elton Bennett, BCG Commandant: The Wonder Woman Competition is a big thing for us in the military and the competition is scheduled for the 29th to the 31st of May. It is ran in between the Belize Defence Force and the Belize Coast Guard. We have been doing this for quite a few years now. For the past couple years it went dormant because of COVID but we’re back again this year and it’s a very good competition. It’s three days, six events so it’s two events per day and it includes everything from running, swimming, crawling, shooting and a lot of teamwork that is built into the competition. So what you’ll see is our women in the military really put out, show what they’re capable of not only as an individual warrior but also as a team which is a very very essential characteristic of a winning team. You must be able to undertake those challenges in a very stressful environment and rely on your teammate and your crew member in order to be successful. So you’ll see the women really go at it in every aspect of warriorship and you’ll see them compete against each other. There’s a lot of swimming involved as well, there’s a lot of running and shooting so it’s gonna be a very very interesting and exciting competition. It will be open to the public so we do expect that a good cross section of our society to be here in the Coast Guard headquarters to look at what the military women have to offer in terms of her combat effectiveness.”

The Wonder Woman competition involves the testing of braun, strength and perseverance; but while there is a fierce competition happening, Rear Admiral Bennett says that the event actually builds character and camaraderie among the women.

RADM Elton Bennett, BCG Commandant: “It definitely builds morale in between the two. Over the past week we’ve had the BDF team over at the Coast Guard Headquarters here running through the obstacle course, doing the swimming route and in that preparation you will see them interacting together, measuring each other to see where the competition is but it’s a very positive rivalry that exists in between the services at least on the competition field. So it really puts us in a position where you can see your sister force and put a benchmark there and then improve your abilities but it doesn’t put us apart at all. I mean even during the competition and at the end you’ll see them cheering on each other as a matter of fact. So it’s a very unique competition where you see women coming together even though they’re on different teams and cheering on to demonstrate what the women in the military can actually achieve.”

The next Wonder Woman is set for the end of this month.

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