29th March 2017 11:57:19 Hours
The Physical Agility Combat Efficiency System (PACES) competition - 2017, formally ended last evening (28) at Maduruoya Special Forces Training School (SFTS), after a simple closing ceremony.
Major General Mahesh Senanayake, Colonel of the Regiment, Special Forces attended the closing event as the Chief Guest.
Teams representing 22 different Regiments participated in selection competitions at Maduruoya Special Forces Training School (SFTS) during March 23-28 in order to be selected as the best of the best with physical agility and fitness for participation in the forthcoming Pakistan Army’s Physical Agility Combat Efficiency System (PACES) competition in Pakistan.
The PACES competition, one of the firsts in the Army was organized by the Directorate of Training with the coordination of the Special Forces Regiment as a novel move in the Sri Lankan military history, suggested by the Commander of the Army.
Brigadier G.V Ravipriya, Director Training together with Brigadier Harendra Ranasinghe, Centre Commandant of the Special Forces welcomed the day’s Chief Guest, Major General Mahesh Senanayake to the venue.
During the closing ceremony (28), all the participating teams joined a Flag March Past, to the tunes of the Army band along with troupes of Army dancers.
This first Inter Regiment PACES competition - 2017 of the Army consisted of Pull-Ups, Sit-Ups and Push-Ups Competition, 3.2 km run, Combat Efficiency Test (CET) including Zig-Zag Run, Fireman Lift, Leopard Crawl, Kitten Crawl, Sprint, 9 Feet Ditch, Ammunition Lift, Grenade Throw and 5 Push Ups, Dive Roll Over 3 Feet Hurdle, Weapon Grabbing, Front Roll and Five Rounds Fire at Kneeling Position at 1x1 target, etc.
The best PACES-2017 overall team trophy in the competition was awarded to the Special Force Regiment (SF) while Commando Regiment (CR) and Gemunu Watch (GW) secured second and third places respectively.
The overall ‘Fitness of the Fit’ trophy of the PACES - 2017 was awarded to Lance Corporal P.C Kasun of the Special Forces.
Participants were awarded 100 Merit Certificates for participation, determining on the basis of aggregate score.
After the distribution of trophies, Major General Mahesh Senanayake, Colonel of the Regiment, Special Force addressed the occasion and declared the termination of the PACES-2017.
Major General Chargie Gallage, Director General Infantry, Major General P.M.R Bandara, Director General Sports, Major General Nirmal Dharmaratne, General Officer Commanding, 55 Division, Brigadier H.R.N Fernando, Director Infantry and the Head of the Steering Committee, senior Officers, Other Rankers and competitors attended the closing ceremony.