The Fortem team recently invited a group of first responders from Lake Area Command Police Station for a paintball skirmish at Alpha Paintball in Stanwell Park! Thirty participants were split into teams and worked together to find their strengths to win the challenge. It was a great way to connect and socialise with other agency members. It was also an opportunity to be active and get a few hours of fitness in while trying to dodge paintballs flying at them from across the field!
Watching everyone prepare for the day was exciting, as the overalls went on and the paintball guns were handed out, the anticipation of the battle yet to come was building. The Alpha Paintball team ran through the safety instructions and what to expect. Each challenge had a target you had to reach, such as attempting to capture the flag.
The day bought some nerves, but also positive perspectives. “My second time playing paintball, I wasn’t as nervous, as I knew some of the strategic vantage points, which was great. It’s probably been the only time in my life, that I thought it was great being short, as you could hide quite well. The bigger you are the bigger the target! It was definitely a lot of fun and a great day out meeting lots of new people.”
At the end of the challenge, a few trophy’s were handed out to the players. Everyone appreciated the barbeque and snacks provided by Fortem after the challenge.
Fortem provided this day as an opportunity to connect and engage with other teammates, learn a new skill and allow for participants to take time out of the real world and engage in a fun rewarding activity. One of the players mentioned the positive impact from the wellbeing activity,
“It’s shown me that I need to talk more to colleagues, and have a laugh with my colleagues.”
Everyone was so thankful for Fortem Australia organising the activity, it gave people a chance to chat hang around with their work colleagues and meet some new ones!
Thank you to Stephen and the team at Alpha Paintball for your help and support throughout the day.
Find a Wellbeing Activity in the Illawarra region on our Wellbeing Activity Calendar.