Civilian Athletic Championship at Naval Base, Kochi
The 38th Athletic Championship for Defence Civilian Employees of Southern Naval Command (SNC) for the year 2017–18 was conducted at naval base Kochi from 07 - 09 February 2018. Rear Admiral R J Nadkarni, VSM, Chief of Staff, SNC who was the Chief Guest for the closing ceremony on 09 February 2018, presented medals and trophies to the meritorious participants.
Approximately 300 civilian employees including 90 women employees representing the nearly 4300 strong Defence Civilian workforce of SNC enthusiastically participated in the meet. The championship included 36 disciplines, spanning over three days, comprising events such as 100 meters sprint, 4x100 meters relay, pole vault, discus throw, hammer throw, triple jump, 10 km walk, etc. In addition, recreational sports were also conducted for men aged 50 years and above and women aged 45 years and above.
An enthralling performance by the Naval Band and March past by all contestants were the highlights of the closing ceremony in which Shri Sharfias of INS Zamorin and Smt Akhila Mol of NAD, Alwaye won the best Athlete award in the men’s and women’s category respectively.
Earlier, Vice Admiral A R Karve, PVSM, AVSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, SNC had presided over the opening ceremony on 07 February 2018.The annual athletic championship is one of the many activities regularly undertaken at Naval Base, Kochi towards improving morale and motivation amongst its personnel.