Dutch treat for Highlanders
The SD&G Highlanders became the first reserve team ever to win the Esprits de Corps Woodhouse trophy in the Four Days Marches, an annual endurance event in the Netherlands.
Warrant Officer Kyle Bergeron, a member of the Highlanders, says his group was among 50,000 marchers from 85 countries. He estimates that 6,000 of the marchers were international soldiers.
“We had to march with at least 22 pounds on our back for four days,” says WO Bergeron, 35, who has been with the Highlanders for more than 18 years. “We walked 42km, 44km, 47km and 46km over the four days.”
According to the official Four Days Marches website: “People from all over the world come to [the Dutch city of] Nijmegen to walk in and around the city and its beautiful wooded surroundings. Thousands of spectators are cheering on the walkers along the route every day.”
WO Bergeron says that the Esprits de Corps Woodhouse trophy is awarded “for showing spirit of Nijmegen which includes commemoration, dedication, perserverance, community engagement and camraderie.”
He says that Nijmegen was founded by the Romans more than 2000 years ago and is the oldest city in the Netherlands. Canada sends about 200 particpants every year.
“It is very prestigious in the military and we had to apply to get a team,” he says. “We got one because it's our 150th anniversary.”
FOUR DAYS MARCHES: The SD&G Highlanders celebrate winning the Esprits de Corps Woodhouse trophy at the Four Days Marches event in the Netherlands. Front row: Jazzmin Major and Marty Sabourin. Back row: Jason Basaur, Jenna Lafave, Frank Hodgson, Kyle...