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.
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
- In 2011 the three Maws finished third in the South Island and National Relays
- Wins as part of a 5-man Southbridge Team in the 2014 and 2016 Nationals
- Hamish and Steven won the National Tandem in 2014 and 2016
- Steven has won five South Island Individual titles - winning the National title in 2014 and runner-up in 2015 and 2016
- In 2014, Steven attended the US Nationals in Tyler, Texas finishing14th out of 91 and achieving Lion's Den.
- Wayne achieved Lion's Den at the World Challenge 23, Phoenix, Arizona in 2014. He and Steven became the first Father/Son from New Zealand to achieve this feat. They also ran a Tandem.
- In 2015 at the World Challenge 24 in Montgomery, Alabama, Hamish achieved Lion's Den - in doing so created history as the first Father/Two Sons in the 24 year history of the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge to all achieve Lion's Den times.
- Steven was the first New Zealander to break the magic Sub 90 with 1:28
- The family also ran a 3-Maw relay which is believed to be a first at a World Challenge
- At the 2017 UFBA National Firefighter Combat Challenge, Steven was part of the Christchurch Airport Fire Brigade Relay Team that won the inaugural Maw Family Trophy
- Steven and his partner Simone Mackie who is also a firefighter at Christchurch Airport, got engaged a couple of weeks before the 2017 Nationals and won the Co-ed Tandem.
Image: 2015 Maw Family Relay World Challenge in Montgomery, Alabama - Steven, Wayne and Hamish
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