Dutch treat for High­landers

The Glengarry News - - News - BY STEVEN WARBURTON News Staff

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.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF KYLE BERG­ERON

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...

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