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News Article / March 3, 2015

By Captain Susan Magill

15 Wing Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, members from the Personnel Support Programs (PSP) Fitness Department hosted two athletes from the Team Canada Women’s Curling team at the wing gym on February 12, 2015.

Rachel Homan, curling skip, and Joanne Courtney, curling second, joined PSP staff and military personnel for some gruelling physical training. Members of 15 Air Traffic Control (ATC) Squadron joined the curlers in the gym to practise the annual FORCE program.

The Fitness for Operational Requirements of CAF (Canadian Armed Forces) Employment (FORCE) Program is the fitness standard for military members. The program tests four components that are directly linked to the physical demands that CAF personnel may encounter on operations. Participants practised a sandbag lift, a shuttle course using a sandbag, a sandbag drag, and 20-metre rushes. As they worked alongside the ATC team, it was clear that the daily fitness regimen followed by Ms. Horman and Ms. Courtney had primed them for a practice worthy of military standards.

After the workout, they took a short tour of 15 Wing that included a visit with the Snowbirds Demonstration Team (431 Air Demonstration Squadron). They sat in a Canadian Forces Tutor CT-114 fighter aircraft as Snowbirds pilot Captain Steve Reed explained the aircraft and the show.

Fourteen teams competed recently in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian Women’s Curling Championship, held at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, from 14 to 22 February, 2015. Two-time defending champion Ms. Homan and her Team Canada foursome from Ottawa, Ontario, went home with bronze.


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