Frank­ton snatches Chill­fac­tor glory

Fire­fight­ers’ fun raises $10k for Bruce Grant Youth Trust

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By DEB­BIE JAMIESON

They ar­rived as de­fend­ing speed cham­pi­ons at Coronet Peak but the Wanaka Fire Brigade’s Chill­fac­tor team got more than they planned on from four blokes from Frank­ton.

Two teams of four from Queen­stown and one each from Frank­ton, Wanaka and Auck­land Air­port took part in the Fire­fighter Chill­fac­tor Chal­lenge at Coronet Peak on Fri­day.

Scor­ing was di­vided into three sec­tions – a race to com­plete as many runs on the M1 as pos­si­ble in two hours in full fire­fight­ing kit while hold­ing a 30 me­tre-long, 20 kilo­gram hose; a fun hose haul, which saw mem­bers of the public pulled across the deck with a fire hose; and fundrais­ing for the Bruce Grant Youth Trust.

In the keenly-con­tested race down the moun­tain Wanaka and Frank­ton were sep­a­rated by seconds, swap­ping the lead of­ten and the dif­fer­ence com­ing down to who made it through the gates first. Frank­ton were the even­tual win­ners with a new course record of 16 runs.

Wanaka cap­tain Lay­ton Craig said the com­pe­ti­tion with Frank­ton meant the team adopted a more ag­gres­sive style this year af­ter pre­vi­ous wins.

‘‘It was feet to­gether, straight and down – with a tuck some­times.’’

Frank­ton team mem­ber Bill Fal­cone said it was awe­some.

‘‘It was re­ally good com­pe­ti­tion. Wanaka kept the acid on.’’

Queen­stown and Frank­ton shared hon­ours for the fundrais­ing as­pect while the Queen­stown snow board­ing team won their race and Queen­stown won the hose haul, leav­ing them as even­tual win­ners of the tro­phy.

About $10,000 was raised for the trust in mem­ory of Queen­stown man Bruce Grant, who died climb­ing K2 in 1995. It pro­vides for young peo­ple look­ing to fur­ther them­selves in the arts, sport or cul­tural fields.

Trus­tee Craig Fer­gu­son said Grant, an Olympic skier, would have loved the novel ski race and ca­ma­raderie it in­spired.

A spe­cial guest at this year’s race was United States fire­fighter Kelly Mel­ton who had to post­pone med­i­cal work in Sierra Leone to be at the event.

Pho­tos: DEB­BIE JAMIESON/ FAIRFAX NZ

Al­most there: Wanaka mem­bers Dave O’Sul­li­van, Ar­douin Baker, Deane

Weast­ell, Lay­ton Craig and Rob Thorpe af­ter se­cur­ing sec­ond place at the Fire­fight­ers Chill­fac­tor Chal­lenge. Rac­ing: The Wanaka fire brigade team com­pet­ing at the Fire­fighter Chill­fac­tor Chal­lenge at Coronet Peak, on Fri­day.

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