Top tree climbers bat­tle this week­end

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

If you are won­der­ing why there are peo­ple in trees in Western Park this week­end, it is all in the name of sport.

The Free­mans Bay park will host this year’s Auck­land/North­land Re­gional Tree Climb­ing Com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day.

Com­peti­tors are tested on their abil­ity to pro­fes­sion­ally and safely ma­noeu­vre in a tree while per­form­ing sim­u­lated tree-care tasks in a timely man­ner.

Those with the high­est to­tal score from five events will qual­ify for the Na­tional Tree Climb­ing Cham­pi­onship in Ro­torua.

The na­tional cham­pi­ons then qual­ify for the In­ter­na­tional Tree Climb­ing Com­pe­ti­tion held in the United States.

Cur­rent world tree climb­ing cham­pi­ons Nicky Ward-Allen and Scott For­rest will both make an ap­pear­ance at the event.

Or­gan­iser Craig Webb says Western Park is a spec­tac­u­lar set­ting for the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘If you have never seen one of th­ese events be­fore they’re well worth check­ing out – the skill level is in­cred­i­ble and you might catch a world cham­pion in ac­tion,’’ he says.

‘‘We’re very lucky to have such a big tal­ent pool in New Zealand and our climbers are con­sis­tently among the top in the world.’’

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