Maw Family Trophy

  Posted on 9th May 2017 by Loralee Hyde in Event News, UFBA News

Maw Family Trophy
The Maw family, long-standing competitors at the UFBA Firefighter Combat Challenge, has celebrated their time running together by donating a trophy to the UFBA for the winning Relay Team at the Nationals.

From the time Steven Maw attended his first Combat Challenge in 2009 as a member of the Southbridge Volunteer Fire Brigade, his enthusiasm, dedication and training has inspired his brother Hamish and father Wayne to compete.

With Karen as a passionate supporter, the Maw family has successfully competed with impressive results at provincial, regional, national and world events, gaining life-long friends and memories along the way.

UFBA General Manager Ceara Owen-Perry says the trophy is a most welcome and appreciated addition to the awards given to firefighters who are dedicated to building fitness in their brigades.

“The Maw family is a prime example of the role multi-generational volunteers play in sustaining their brigades as well as contributing to the rapid growth of the Combat Challenge.”

Top image: Steven, Wayne, Karen and Hamish with the Maw Family Trophy

The inaugural recipients of the trophy at the 2017 Nationals were, fittingly, the Christchurch Airport Fire Brigade Relay Team of Steven Maw, Tom Reid, Scott Cubitt, Blake Edward and Brad Taylor.

Christchurch Airport Fire Brigade with Maw Family Trophy

Image: Christchurch Airport Fire Brigade Relay Team with the Maw Family Trophy Photo credit: © 111Emergency 2017

Special one-off award

In 2016, the international body Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge and their key partner Lion Apparel endorsed the UFBA event as an official Challenge where the prestigious Lion’s Den medal could be presented. New Zealand is the only country to hold this position outside the USA and only the fastest competitors gain this award.

Lion and Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge believe the outstanding contribution and commitment of the Maw family is second to none. They asked the UFBA if we would present a special one-off award to the Maw family at National Combat this year.

The Challenge Committee Chair presented the trophy to the family on behalf of Lion at the prizegiving to recognise their accomplishments at the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge—the first family in its history to meet the criteria for membership in the Lion’s Den as Father/ Two Sons in their respective categories.

Maw family Combat achievements

2015 Maw Family Relay World Challenge

Image: 2015 Maw Family Relay World Challenge in Montgomery, Alabama - Steven, Wayne and Hamish

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