The Lambton College Firefighter Combat team struck gold in a series of first place finishes at the third annual FireFit Western Ontario Regional competition held in Port Elgin, Ontario, last weekend. In only their second competition of the season, the team is already ahead of last year’s results.
Team Captain Courtney Surridge lead the team in the individual competition finishing 4th overall for in the Women’s category with a time of 3:03, shaving an entire three seconds off her personal best time.
In the Women’s Tandem event, Surridge and teammate Mackenzie Baker claimed the top spot, taking home the gold medal with their time of 2:30, breaking the Canadian Women’s College record.
Following closely behind were teammates Rachel Hunchak and Paige Herron who took home the silver medal in the same event.
The foursome, joined by teammate Ashley Uniac-George, also managed to claim the gold medal in the Women’s Relay Open event. Once again, smashing the college record with a time of 1:54.
The climb to victory was a little tougher in the Open category for the Men’s Relay team, consisting of Kyle Couture, Jarod Adams, Jordan Cuthbertson, Connor Hannenburg and Anthony Wesley-James. The men managed to finish the seeding round with a time of 1:16, the best time out of 18 teams, giving them a bye into the second round of eliminations. In round two, the team faced CFB Borden featuring Lambton College Fire Science Alumni Chad Van Eykk, but managed to land the win with ease. In the semifinals, the team went head to head with hometown favorites Bruce Power, once again, putting in a flawless performance. In the final showdown, the men faced off in a tight race against Fleming College and managed to come from behind to claim the gold medal with a time of 1:14.
The Men’s team also took home the gold medal in the college division.
Head coach Sue Patrick said that both teams put forth flawless performances and finished the entire weekend penalty-free, a huge feat in such a fast-paced, high-pressure sport.
“I’m so impressed with the dedication and performance of this season’s team,” said Patrick. “They have been logging countless hours on the course training and it looks like we’re going to have an amazing season ahead of us. These incredible accomplishments are a great reflection of the quality of training our students receive at our Fire & Public Safety Centre of Excellence.”
These wins puts the Lambton College team in contention for a visit to the National Championships in Spruce Meadows Alberta September 14 through 18.