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10th Anniversary of Military Erasmus

Graph­ic design com­pe­ti­tion (won by an MUT stu­dent), marathon race along the his­tor­i­cal route Marathon-Athens, famous trireme row­ing, a series of his­to­ry lec­tures and 40th jubilee ses­sion of the Imple­men­ta­tion Group for the “Euro­pean Ini­tia­tive for the exchange of young offi­cers inspired by Eras­mus” were the main points on the agen­da for the cel­e­bra­tion of the 10th anniver­sary of so-called Mil­i­tary Eras­mus which was held in Athens between 9 and 12 Novem­ber.

More than 100 mil­i­tary stu­dents, acad­e­my com­man­dants and mem­bers of almost 20 coun­tries rep­re­sent­ing near­ly 30 mil­i­tary acad­e­mies (includ­ing MUT) par­tic­i­pat­ed in this glam­ourous jubilee.

Pri­or to the depar­ture for Athens, the MUT cadets were farewelled by the Vice-Rec­tor for Mil­i­tary Affairs Col. Artur Król, DSc and the Head of the Phys­i­cal Edu­ca­tion Cen­tre Sat­urnin Przy­byl­s­ki, Ph.D. Hav­ing giv­en the stu­dents MUT T‑shirts in the nation­al colours, the Vice-Rec­tor wished them suc­cess while com­pet­ing.

The orga­niz­ers of the event – three Greek mil­i­tary acad­e­mies: Hel­lenic Army Acad­e­my, Hel­lenic Naval Acad­e­my and Hel­lenic Air Force Acad­e­my offered lots of attrac­tions for each par­tic­i­pant.

The first two days involved the cer­e­mo­ni­al wel­come of the cadets, com­man­dants’ speech­es and lec­tures the­mat­i­cal­ly relat­ed to the his­to­ry of ancient Greece. The sched­ule also includ­ed the sight­see­ing of his­toric sites, the muse­um of mil­i­tary avi­a­tion and the respec­tive acad­e­mies locat­ed in close prox­im­i­ty to Athens.

The next two days – Sat­ur­day and Sun­day – were devot­ed to the sports strug­gles. On Sat­ur­day the stu­dents, their atten­dants and invit­ed guests had a tremen­dous oppor­tu­ni­ty to try their best at row­ing for over an hour in the famous ren­o­vat­ed trireme – an ancient Greek naval craft equipped with three rows of pad­dles and the crew of over one hun­dred and fifty.

The cli­max of the cer­e­mo­ny com­mem­o­rat­ing the 10th anniver­sary of the ini­tia­tive, on Sun­day 11th Novem­ber, was the par­tic­i­pa­tion in the marathon race along the tra­di­tion­al route from Marathon to Athens which is a dream for each sportsper­son, espe­cial­ly on such a great day as the 100th anniver­sary of regain­ing inde­pen­dence by Poland. Dur­ing the entire route there were white and red colours of T‑shirts includ­ing six com­peti­tors from MUT “It was one of the most chal­leng­ing marathon routes, over 42 kilo­me­ters in the blaz­ing sun and the ini­tial 32 kilo­me­ters prac­ti­cal­ly uphill with ver­ti­cal dif­fer­ence of over 200 meters” – Announced Capt. Kurek from MUT’s Phys­i­cal Edu­ca­tion Cen­tre.

Dur­ing the whole event it was the logo and the poster which attract­ed a great atten­tion and they were designed by the win­ner of graph­ic design com­pe­ti­tion at the Euro­pean lev­el cdt. Prze­mysław Kobi­ał­ka from the Fac­ul­ty of  Civ­il Engi­neer­ing and Geo­desy of MUT. The poster for this event was a place near which the par­tic­i­pants took com­mem­o­ra­tive pho­tos most often. On the last day of stay cdt. Kobiałka’s project was award­ed by the com­man­dant of Hel­lenic Air Force Acad­e­my. Among the dis­tin­guished there were also win­ners of the marathon race in the cat­e­go­ry of mil­i­tary stu­dents.

płk Mar­iusz Gontar­czyk
fot. Mar­iusz Gontar­czyk, Sebas­t­ian Jurek,
Sła­womir Kurza­w­ińs­ki