Constable Nelvin Forde wanted to give kids in 55 Division a chance to tackle obstacles alongside officers.
The 55 Division constable started obstacle course training with children from five schools (Leslieville Junior Public School, Blake St. Junior Public School, Roden Junior Public School, Withrow Ave. Public School and Morse Street Public School) during school hours as a way to bond with young people and challenge them physically. The program, sponsored by ProAction Cops & Kids was dubbed the Double Nickel Ninja Warrior challenge after being inspired by the American Ninja Warrior show.
A total of 20 kids from each school took part in the semi-finals at the Toronto Police College, where an inflatable obstacle course was set up.
The four students with the best times from each school from the semi-finals, plus six more students to cheer on their school were selected to partake in the finale at Pursuit OCR, who boast a permanent indoor obstacle course.
At Pursuit OCR the students in their teams of four competed against each other school’s team through the obstacle course by relay. The winning school then competed in a relay against a police team, made up of Constables Nelly Forde, Glen Pablo, Kent Vuong and Erika Machacek.
Blake St. Junior Public School student, Mohammad Al-Sama'neh, was chosen to face off against Constable Glen Pablo on the whole course, beating out the constable.
“It’s all about having fun, that’s my favourite part," Al-Sama'neh said.
Teacher Terry Campbell, of Roden Junior Public School, said the program bonded kids with officers.
“My kids would love to do it again, it’s been an awesome experience for them. It’s also great for relationships between police officers and children. The Physical activity is a huge part of it and thank you so much for having us, we really enjoyed it.”