On a Personal Note: Columbia Valley Detachment Champions

Columbia Valley RCMP Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac shares his stories of policing and life in the valley.

We came in second versus the David Thompson Secondary School floor hockey champions, but when it comes to boat building and racing, we are champions.  Having hosted this event for four years, the detachment  finally took the championship trophy. Even though Cpl. Grant Simpson, Cst. Christopher Ralph and Cst. Andrew Michaud refused to take much direction from me during the build, they came up with a fine boat with very little thought or planning. My contribution to this win was to forfeit my seat and give it to Cst. Michaud. More horsepower.

I was a proud commander to watch them run away with the race while Fire Chief Dave Dixon, Radium Fire Department and Fire Chief Jim Miller must hang their heads in disgrace. Halfway in the race, the Radium Fire Department sunk, but with true determination swam it to the finish line. I had some concern while watching Rainbow Cleaners build and prepare their boat. Built with stealth and speed in mind; however, too narrow was its downfall.  The Windermere Fire Department gave it a good shot near the end to catch up to the RCMP boat. The Rubber Duckies walked away with two awards — best-dressed and they built their boat for the least amount of money ($67 out of a $100 budget each team is allowed). The detachment to secure the win spent $99.99. Our thanks to Home Hardware for donating the material. Our thanks also for Invermere Rotary for helping out and to Cst. Dustin Burch for spearheading this event. Also, to all those that participated in the build and race, thanks for making this a success.

You all have your work cut out in order to win the trophy as we are going dynasty.