The Firefighter Combat Challenge 2016 Season got off to an early start, with the first of the three annual events held on 5 December in Westport.
With 51 individuals competing across the range of disciplines, we had close to a full day’s worth of competition.
Westport were fantastic hosts, working hard to ensure the rain stayed away, the track was laid out in plenty of time and that everyone was feed and watered. The effort they put in to making sure the show went well was greatly appreciated by all.
With a little bit of damp in the air, there were no record breaking times. With a massive 27 competitors new to the Challenge, it was not surprising no one could catch Steven Maw and the Canterbury teams.
Steven took first place title for the Open Male, but we had some surprises with a number of first time competitors ranking in the top three of their category - showing great levels of fitness and raw determination.
First time competitor and newly appointed UFBA Vice President Alan Kittelty ranked third in the Over 40 Men’s category and 10th overall. Alan and his tandem partner Hayley Rossiter also took out first place in the Co-ed Tandem category.
Hayley was also a first timer and shined in the Open Women’s competition where she took first place, followed closely by Kim Holmes and another newbie, Jude Patterson of Lawrence.
We were thrilled to see so many new competitors succeed.
All competitors finished their chosen discipline on time - this shows a great improvement in everyone’s fitness.
It’s encouraging to have a 50% growth in the Challenge, which is attracting more and more competitors each year.
See all the results below.
Click here for photos of the event.