Staff Rise to Challenge
Staff from the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) and the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) walked 4,274,972 steps during the annual Workplace Walk-off Pedometer Challenge, from 17 January to 7 February 2014.
This works out to 22 staff members covering some 2000 miles in three weeks or about 100 times the length of Grand Cayman. At a celebratory scavenger hunt and prize-giving on Saturday 8 February, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson praised the agencies for their achievement.
Audit Project Leader Ruel Huet picked up the first place trophy and a plaque, for accumulating 864,907 steps during the challenge. Mr. Huet also earned the staff medal for achieving 5,000 steps or more per day the most times for the entire challenge.
His colleague, Auditor Winston Sobers collected the second place trophy and medal for 527,561 steps. Meanwhile, Audit Principal Patrick Smith bagged the third place trophy with 390,518 steps.
Other winners were:
- Appeals and Policy Analyst (ICO) Clara Smith and Acting Deputy Information Commissioner Cory Martinson - Biggest Mover Female and Male respectively; and
- Auditor Gay Frye - Top Performing Female.
To ensure that all counts were above board, the Audit Office "audited" the figures the participants submitted each day.
All winners received a slew of donated items, including the top prize of a smartphone from LIME. At the same time, those who took part say there were other benefits to the competition; between them the top four participants lost 22.5 pounds.
Mr. Manderson believes that the pedometer challenge is worthy of emulation by the whole civil service, something that the organisers revealed may happen later in the year.
"This challenge fits right into our objectives of promoting wellness, a healthy lifestyle and teamwork," the Deputy Governor, who also participated in the scavenger hunt, noted. Describing the civil service as one family working towards a common goal, he stated that public sector workers would benefit from taking on the challenge of becoming healthier, while having fun and getting to know one another better.
Auditor General Alastair Swarbrick, also a scavenger hunt participant, emphasised the importance of health and wellbeing at the workplace and at home. He was happy to see his staff "better and fitter", he added.
"We are deeply grateful to all our sponsors whose generosity made our challenge all the more attractive," Audit Principal Patrick Smith said. Mr. Winston Sobers, who led the organising team, gave special thanks to LIME, Atlantis Submarine, Hurley's Group, Kirk Market, Fosters' Food Fair World Gym, Carla Yee Sing, Winners Circle Sports, Cayman Rehab Services, Island Chiropractic and Wellness Centre, Paperman's Coffee House, Universal Fitness Gym, GNC Cayman Islands, Subway, Smoothie King, Dart Enterprises, Gems International and Vanity Hair & Nails.
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