The team going to Wellington is (back) Mal McIver, Stephen Weber, Keara Bacon, Peter Foley, Troy Martin, (front) Mark Freeman and Brett Truelson.
The team going to Wellington is (back) Mal McIver, Stephen Weber, Keara Bacon, Peter Foley, Troy Martin, (front) Mark Freeman and Brett Truelson.

Chilly challenge in NZ

SEVEN Blackwater firies are braving the New Zealand winter and competing for bragging rights at the Australasian and World Road Crash Rescue competitions.

A team of six and their trainer-manager, along with their partners, will be flying to Wellington today for the two competitions, to be held over the weekend.

“They are aiming to do the best they can, can’t guarantee any placings as anything can happen, but we are giving it our best shot,” team trainer-manager Mal McIver said.

“They are a bit nervous about the cold, they have all purchased very good warm clothing to counteract the weather.”

Mal said men have been putting in the hard yards, practising for the upcoming road crash rescue competitions.

“Two weekends before, the team was in Gracemere at a wreckers cutting up cars,” he said. “The team travelled to Emerald (last week) to the Holden dealership to inspect new makes and models as the competition’s cars are Holdens.”

But the rest of the week, until yesterday, was spent behind the speedway track from 7am until 6pm training and practising techniques.

“Training is to fix any little problems so when we go over it is behind them,” he said. “They are excited and really wanted to get into full-on training.”

The two competitions, Australasian and World Road Crash Rescue challenges, will be held at the same venue over three days and Mal said the training over the past weeks was to prepare the team for dividing their attentions between the two comps.

“The training will determine the amount of dedication they have to the competition,” he said.

“I don’t think (the two competitions held at the same time) will be a problem.

“They are keen and eager to do well... they adapt to anything put in front of them.”


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