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,