Excelling in the military through sports

Article / July 8, 2016

By Captain  Denny Brown, 3rd Canadian Support Group Public Affairs

How do you top a career excelling in everything that you do? You do it by becoming an elite, sports professional in an interactive display at a national exhibit. Well, now Major  John Kim can strike that one off of his bucket list.

Major Kim has become one of the few members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) to be chosen to be a part of “Play Hard, Fight Hard: Sport and the Canadian Military,” an exhibit running from July 1 to November 13, 2016, in the Founders’ Gallery at The Military Museums in Calgary; he was chosen for his efforts in Taekwondo.

 “I am honoured that I am part of that elite group of soldiers, sailors, and airmen/airwomen in the Canadian Armed Forces that represent their discipline, their unit, and their formations,” said Major Kim, an Armoured Officer originally from Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) and currently the G3 at 3rd Canadian Division Support Group (3 CDSG).   “It is through sport we can instil great values of leadership, teamwork, physical fitness, communications, and tactical and strategic planning.” 

Sporting dozens of trophies and awards, from Royal Military College to the World University Games in Turkey to the 2013 CAF National Championships Dedication to CAF Sports Award; Major Kim has turned to coaching the next level of military athletes.

 “Some of the best soldiers and officers that I have seen are also great athletes,”  said Major Kim.   “This isn’t because they perform the best. It is because they exhibit the true qualities of leadership and perseverance in that sports field or that fighting ring.” 

Unfortunately for all of us at 3 CDSG, Major Kim is moving to Ottawa this summer. However, he leaves with some words of wisdom for all leaders everywhere: to support those members who wish to pursue their discipline, and master it, because at the end of the day those members will create a more productive working environment and will contribute a lot more, going above and beyond what is expected of them.

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