Customs Dominates Independence Drill Competition Jermine Abel Story Updated: September 28th 2015 at 3:50 pm Winners with their spoils (Compliments of Creation family- Marlene Phillip)
Customs and Excise Department marched away the winners of Friday’s (Sept. 25) National Arts Festival Drill Competition. Some sixteen servicemen and women showcased their dexterity in foot drills during the competition. Customs and Excise Department dominated the two judged categories- Individual and Group drills. Amassing a total 188.66 points, Customs carted off the winner’s trophy for the group competition while the Defence Force with 184.33 points occupied second and St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) third with 183.33 points. In the Individual competition Customs again demonstrated their ability with Darrius Bedford scoring 95.33 points and hot on his heels was Glenroy Phillip, also of Customs, with 93.33 points. There was a three-way tie for the third position- Andre Hanley of the Defence Force Band, the defending champion, Akeem Hendrickson of the Police Force, and Jamal Wyatt of SCASPA, all of whom gained 92.33 points. The competition opened with each of the sixteen participants being inspected by four judges, who scrutinized their uniform alignment, correct positioning of head dress and the shine of footwear, among others. The large appreciate crowd that gathered on the Bay Road opposite Courts furniture store, appeared happy with the decisions of the judges. The judges for the 2015 competition were Major (Ret.) Cornell Kelly, Superintendent Lionel Moore, Peter Jenkins and W.O 1 Samuel Tuckett. Jonel Powell, Ambassador and Special Envoy to the Ministry of Culture and Sports, presented each of the participants with a plaque.