Late in the school year can be a stressful time for both professors and students, but members of the School of Justice and Emergency Services (SOJES) were able to put their stress aside, for at least one night, to compete in the sixth annual Justice Games at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre.
The event, which began in 2013, was created by the Jason Vassell, manager of SOJES. It has grown to six events from three since its inaugural year.
This year’s events included three-point shooting, push-ups, shuttle run, arm wrestling and tug of war contests, as well as a ball hockey tournament.
The Dean of the School of Justice and Emergency Services, Stephanie Ball, praised Vassell for his organization of the event and how the planning has evolved over the years.
“He (Vassell) did the first year all on his own and since then he’s developed a committee,” she said.
“So we now have a committee of alumni, faculty and students who help put it together.”
The original concept of the games was to have members of different disciplinaries in SOJES get together and have a night of fun and meet colleagues.
The 2018 version of the event saw nine programs participate.
The Protection Security and Investigation (PSI), Police Foundations (PFP), Firefighting Pre-service, Education and Training (PFET), Paramedic (PCP), Advanced Law Enforcement and Investigations (ALEI), Emergency Services Fundamentals (EMSF), Fire and Life Safety Technicians Systems (FSLT), 911 Emergency and Call Centre and Communications (911 EMCC) and Mediation-Alternative Dispute Resolution (MADR) programs all participated in the Justice Games.
The winner of each competition in the male and female brackets each received two points for their respective programs, while the second place finishers each received one point.
Each winner and runner-up also received personal prizes, which included gift cards from Buffalo Wild Wings, the Oshawa Centre lululemon, St. Louis and Bang Bang Burrito, as well as CRWC apparel.
Each participant also received a $5 gift card from St. Louis or Bang Bang Burrito.
The program with the most first and second place finishes was crowned the Justice Games winners and received the Justice Cup.
Last years winners, PFET, successfully defended its title, as they accumulated 13 points from all activities.
In the process, they became the second program to repeat as champions in the games’ short history, after the PSI program won it in both 2015 and 2016.
PFP finished as the runner-up with nine points, and PSI finished with seven, rounding out the top three.
While there is competition, Ball, the Dean, believes it’s helpful for students to get school and their future off their mind for a night.
“People are maybe competing with each other for jobs, so it’s nice to go out there and work together as a team,” she said.
FSLT student Sebastian Ramirez agreed.
He was a member of the games last year, but he served on the crowd control side. This year he competed in tug-of-war and the push-ups competition.
“I was looking forward to this since the beginning of the year. It definitely increases morale and opens up more of that gung-ho competition,” Ramirez said.
The PFET program will look for the games first-ever three-peat at the 2019 competition.