Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 06, 2009 15:07 ET

Canadian Forces Members Compete With International Military Swimmers in Montreal

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 6, 2009) - Over 200 military swimmers from 18 nations, including 12 Canadian Forces (CF) members, will make waves in Montreal from August 5 to 14 as part of the 43rd World Military Swimming and Lifesaving Championship.

"The World Military Swimming and Lifesaving Championship provides a great opportunity for CF personnel to test their skills and build relationships with military athletes from around the world," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway. "These events emphasize Canada's commitment to promoting athleticism and friendly competition."

"Maintaining a high state of personal physical fitness is fundamental for the CF," said General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff. "This competition allows CF members to display their willingness to give of themselves, to make things better by fostering teamwork, to learn and lead, and to promote a strong work-life balance."

The members selected to compete were part of a selection process that included attending several training camps and participating in national and international competitions including the CF National Swimming Championship, held in Nepean in March 2009, and the Canadian National Lifesaving Championship, held in Montreal in May 2009.

"The CISM Swimming and Lifesaving Championship offers an international stage that allows athletes to showcase their commitment to physical education and an opportunity to compete against world class military swimmers," said Peter Nicol, International Sports Manager in the Personnel Support Programs Division of Canadian Forces Personnel and Family Support Services.

The CF participates in international sports as a member of the International Military Sports Council (CISM), an international military sports organization founded in 1948 that is open to all nations. CISM now boasts 131 member countries and holds more than 20 competitions annually. The fundamental aim of CISM is to promote sport activity and physical education between armed forces as a means to foster world peace. Canada currently participates in CISM basketball, fencing, golf, running, sailing, shooting, soccer, swimming, taekwondo, triathlon, volleyball and wrestling.

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