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MBP Olympics More Than Just A Game

"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well." Pierre de Coubertin

The words of the Founder of the International Olympic Committee, could not sound more appropriate. On Friday August 20th, about 100 students, staff and even some faculty members divided into 10 teams and fought valiantly at the 3rd annual MBP Olympics. These Olympics, unlike the slightly more famous ones you see on TV every four years, require an exquisite balance of physical strength, intellectual prowess, mental toughness, and water-proof clothing!

Like the beginning of every epic battle, the afternoon started with burgers, hotdogs and pop. Then the 10 teams (Barberians, C7 Hotties, Gangastz, Hedgeclippers, Lambda, Mouse Models, Photodynamic Super Humans, Rad 2 Ur Face, Short FUSe, and the Artefacts) ventured onto the main fields of Sunnybrook Park in an action-packed afternoon.

The events were scattered across the park as teams went head-to-head, rotating between events. Three-Legged Frisbee, California Kickball, Danger Zone were just some of the events that were featured this year in the MBP Olympics. The video and the rest of the pictures (see below), capture the intensity, passion and skills on display this past Friday, which I believe will go down as the best MBP Olympics yet.

Although, everyone was a winner in our books, journalistic integrity compels me to report the actual winners. Therefore, congratulations to Lambda Lambda Lambda for taking 1st place, Gangastz for 2nd place and Best Spirit award, and the vastly undermanned team led by Dr. Greg Stanisz, Barberians for third place. Also, a big shout out goes to the three PIs that were able to put on hold their busy schedule to participate in the events: Dr. Graham Wright, Dr.Anne Martel and Dr. Greg Stanisz. All of which, brought their many years of training and research experience to answer questions such as this brain teaser: "True or False? Oxygenated blood is red, deoxygenated is blue".

I would also like to praise the organizing committee that for the past couple of months had to jump through hoops to put the event together: Janet Denbeigh, Sarah Cuddy, Arvin Arani, Firas Moosvi, Anna Maeva, Shawn Stapleton, Charles Tremblay-Darveau, Cameron Wright and Ian Pang.

The Romans used to say "Mens sana in corpore sano" (a healthy mind in a healthy body) and here in the Medical Biophysics department we take what take anything written in latin very seriously!

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Samuel Oduneye