7th World Firefighters Games; Christchurch, NewZealand
26 October to 2 November 2002
Following the controversy surrounding the cancellation of the Brisbane Games, the torch was passed on to Christchurch just 12 months prior to the staging of the 2002 Games. Christchurch handled the challenge admirably with the organisation of events being of a high professional standard. Participants of the Christchurch Games experienced the same friendliness and warm hospitality as that extended by the people of Auckland during the 1990 Games and in the usual tradition, a thoroughly good time was had by all those who attended.
Toughest Firefighter Alive
The 'blue ribbon' event of the World Firefighters Games, the Toughest Firefighter Alive, is the most gruelling event of the entire competition. It is a test of great strength and endurance.
This event encompasses;
- 3 events establishing hose, obstacle and weight activities. eg 2.5 km run wearing 20 kg backpack, tunnel crawl wearing breathing apparatus.
- 1 event in a climbing activity using local terrain. eg 21 floor stair climb wearing breathing apparatus.
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Men: Scott Gamble, Australia. 9:29
Women: Patricia Hadfield, England. 20:50