Great camaraderie and sportsmanship were on show at the recent UFBA Regions 2 and 4 Waterway Challenges. We look forward to seeing the Regional winners competing at Nationals in Kamo from 2-4 March.
UFBA Region 2 Waterway Challenge
Carterton Volunteer Fire Brigade hosted a very successful UFBA Region 2 Waterway Challenge on 21 January.
Seven 2-person teams and four 4-person teams competed during this very fast paced and enjoyable day.
It was the first time this particular track had been used for a Challenge—providing a great opportunity to test it out as it will be the location for the Australasian Firefighter Championships from 16-18 November.
One of Feilding’s 2-person teams took first place with 82 points, followed by Wainuiomata (70 points) and Havelock North (64 points).
The home team, Carterton, took first place in the 4-person team event with 104 points, followed by Havelock North (82 points) and Feilding (70 points).
All teams showed great sportsmanship and camaraderie. Ruakaka Volunteer Fire Brigade travelled 12 hours to take the opportunity to train for the upcoming Nationals, and even though they were not eligible for points or placing, their sideline encouragement of the other teams was outstanding.
Ces Pacey, Acting UFBA Technical Panel Convenor that day, says the event was run very well and his thanks go to the Carterton Volunteer Fire Brigade for their efforts. Watching the competition, he thinks some teams would benefit greatly from reading the general conditions as there are some big penalties in there that are easily avoidable.
The Technical Panel are here to assist you in becoming confident in these rules and welcome discussion about them at any time. They are looking forward to seeing these teams at their optimum at Nationals and wish them all the best.
Download all the results at www.ufba.org.nz/events/2017_region_2_waterway
Above: Havelock North in action © 111Emergency 2017
For more photos visit www.111emergency.co.nz/N-R/Regn2Waterways17.htm
UFBA Region 4 Waterway Challenge
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 all the results at www.ufba.org.nz/events/2017_region_4_waterway
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
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