On Friday, July 28, 2017, Defense Minister Hon. John Saldivar joined Chargé d’ Affaires from the U.S. Embassy Adrienne Galanek and Lieutenant Gregory Soberanis of the Belize Coast Guard as they presented awards to members of the Belize Coast Guard and Belize Defense Force, who were victorious in the 2017 Annual Wonder Woman Challenge.
They handed out medals and gifts to the groups who took first, second and third place in the competition held in May.
The Annual Wonder Woman Challenge is a competition among women of the security forces. It’s a two-day event featuring four physically demanding challenges, including a six-mile relay, a run-swim-run competition, the BCG Medley in which the teams must run while carrying four different burdens and ending with the obstacle course competition. It is meant to foster teamwork and good sportsmanship, and to encourage the recruitment of women into the security sector.
The presentation of awards was followed by a luncheon. The ceremony and luncheon took place at the Belize Coast Guard Headquarters in Belize City.