Bases and wings across the country are participating in the RBC Sports Day in Canada in full force with over 200 sport and recreational activities held on Nov. 20 and 21.
Taking part for a third year, the CAF participation in Canada Sports Day is twofold. On Friday, Nov. 20, many CAF members left their combats at home to put on a different kind of uniform. Personnel took part in a variety of team sports including soccer, badminton, basketball, skating, rock climbing, volleyball, ice and sledge hockey, touch football.
Many bases made a fun filled day out of the event for military personnel, starting with an opening ceremony and finishing the day off with a free pizza lunch.
“Physical fitness, sport and recreation activities are essential for promoting optimal health and well-being throughout our lives. Providing opportunities to participate in recreational activities is an important part of our commitment to families and to quality of life in the Canadian Armed Forces. I encourage everyone to take part in CAF Sports Day in Canada,” said General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, in a statement.
The RBC Sports Day aligns with the CAF mandate of personal fitness and programs for fitness offered by the CAF Personnel Support Program. Sports also play a huge role for organizations like Soldier On to encourage the ill and injured towards recovery.
“Fitness and sports are huge morale boosters, good for the mind good for the body. Fitness is a mandate of any CAF member to be able to perform their duties,” said Brittany Jadayel recreation co-ordinator for CFSU Ottawa.
On the 21, families can join their military loved-one as many bases are hosting family-focused activities like family skates, open swims, soccer games and recreation centre open houses.
The sixth annual RBC Sports Day in Canada will be celebrated nationwide on Nov. 21. Many organizations, cities and schools have organized activities throughout the week. Around 2,000 events took place across Canada from November 14 to 21. Presented by ParticipACTION, CBC and True Sport, RBC Sports Day helps bring families together to share the power of sports.
Also on Nov. 20, Canadians across the country participated in Jersey Day, a day to show pride in your favorite team by wearing a jersey to work or school.