Power turned in a dominant performance in capturing top prize at the
U.S. National SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactical) Championships in
Castle Rock, Colorado.
"It was as close to a flawless performance as possible," said John
Latouf, coach for the Bruce Power team.
It was the first time a Canadian tactical team has won a championship
in international SWAT competition.
The SWAT Championships, which ran last Thursday and Friday, drew 30
teams from four countries and included eight events testing physical
fitness and marksmanship.
Bruce Power took first overall in three of the eight events, including
the Carbine Crunch, which sent the officers through an obstacle course
before they fired their rifles around and over an eight-foot barricade.
"People watched them do the Carbine Crunch and said 'That can't be
humanly possible'," said Wade Lacroix, Head of Security for Bruce Power
in praising the officers, who finished the event in two minutes and 49
seconds. The median time was nearly six minutes.
Jordan MacDougall of Bruce Power practices
breaching a door
Other events included:
* Countersniper Challenge saw an officer run up and down a course
and then hit targets more than 250 yards away.
* The Glock Pistol Relay, which required officers to run with
110-pound weights and then hit targets.
* The Bus Assault, where they had to pick off targets in a school
bus and rescue dummies inside.
* Shield Assault, where officers had to hit targets while crouched
behind portable metal shields. Referees docked the officers if they
missed a target or dropped the shield.
Bruce Power's team was comprised of six members and two alternates. They
are: Brent MacMillan, Andrew Sopkowe, Greg Simmons, Ken Wright, Jordan
MacDougall, Darryl White, Eric Anderson and Ben Nevin.
There will be
little in the way of down time for the Bruce Power team as they prepare
for the Security Protection Officer Training Competition (SPOTC) next
week in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they are defending champions in
the Law Enforcement Category