Hosted by the Otago Southland Provincial Fire Brigades’ Association and the Wanaka and Luggate Volunteer Fire Brigades, the UFBA Region 4 Waterway Challenge was held in Wanaka on 4 February.
Mossburn A took out the 2-person challenge with 84 points, with Oamaru following (68 points) and then Wyndham (62 points).
Kaitangata were the 4-person winners with 102 points chased by Mataura (84 points) and Balclutha (80 points).
We also welcomed a team from Kelso in New South Wales who took part as practice for the Australasian Firefighter Championships in Carterton in November.
Our thanks to all the Regional host committees and competitors. All the best to the Regional winners competing at Nationals in Kamo from 2-4 March.
“After running waterways for several decades, the passion and enthusiasm never wears thin—it certainly didn’t at the Region 4 Waterway Challenge in Wanaka. A sport with such diverse demands pushes you to strive for more every time, the same that it does as a firefighter. You always want the best result, you always want to achieve. The benefit for our brigades and individuals is huge and the camaraderie, friendships and enjoyment is at the next level. I can’t imagine my life without it. Give it a go, you will get hooked.”
Jeff Manson, Mossburn
Download the results below.
Above: The efforts Jeff Manson and Stephen Trusler from Mossburn A put into training paid off when they won the 2-person challenge
Photos: Donald Lamont