LIFE

In the true spirit of adventure

THE SPIRIT of adventure was evident at Kappil Lake on Saturday morning when a group of Indian Air Force (IAF) officers and their family members took to aqua sailing. They were from the Southern Air Command, Thiruvananthapuram. The Air Officer Commander-in-Chief of the Air Command, Air Marshal S.Y. Savur, was present on the occasion.

In fact, it was the Air Vice Marshal S. Karnik who volunteered to commission the adventure by para sailing into the sky. Women and children joined in the thrill of getting airborne. But, this was not restricted to staff of the Air Command. The officers asked civilians too to join in the adventure. "The next time we come here for aqua sailing, there will be adequate advance publicity, inviting the civilians too, said Air Marshal Savur while interacting with media persons.

The Air Marshal said such programmes not only provided diversion to the airmen and their family members, but it also helped in personality development.

It will also go a long way in erasing the notion that Defence personnel are those who wish to live isolated in cantonments. "We are part of society and would like to be seen so."

He said Kerala had plenty of potential for adventure sports and the IAF would like to tap the potential in coordination with the Tourism Department, he said. The exercise over Kappil Lake was part of that. The programme was organised by the Adventure Cell of the IAF in association with the Kollam District Tourism Promotion Council.

The IAF plans to take the initiative in organising adventure sports with the aim of boosting the spirit of adventure in youngsters and through that make the Defence forces attractive to the younger generation.

Ignatius Pereira

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