College students put through their paces …
Eight of the college’s public services and army preparation students spent weeks training to prepare for the competition, which took place last weekend at Brooklands College in Surrey.
The competition consisted of 12 gruelling challenges designed by members of the public services – including police, fire service and personnel from the armed forces. The events included drill, field craft and cooking, crime scene investigation, disaster and emergency management, problem solving and a team fitness challenge.
Peter Stubbs, course team leader in public services, is impressed with the positive approach the students employed throughout the competition. He said: “We are very proud of the team’s dedication and the commitment they’ve demonstrated over the weekend.
“All of the students showed exceptional teamwork and supported each other throughout the competition and should be commended on their achievements.”
The students did particularly well in the team fitness challenge, organised by the Royal Marines, achieving first place in the aged 16-19 category and second place overall. The exhausting fitness test required them to run, row and cycle the furthest distance in five minutes. Army preparation student Mat Greenwood set the weekend’s record for the highest number of press-ups in 30 seconds, after completing 47 press-ups in the time allowed.
The college also placed third in the crime scene investigation event, where they were required to examine a burglary scene by locating clues and producing a modus operandi, (MO) for the crime.
Peter added: “The judges were very impressed by the methodical approach the learners employed and the skill they demonstrated in the preservation of the scene.”
The students did exceptionally well in all events and finished in the top half of all colleges, including representatives from Cambridge, Oxford, South West Wales and Yorkshire.
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