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Less than 10 Days Away - The SCOTT FireFit Championships
July 11, 2015
COMMUNITY NEWS


In less than 10 days, the Village of Point Edward will be hosting the SCOTT FireFit Championships July 18 and 19th. The competition will take place at the Waterfront Park in the parking lot off Livingston Street. 

FireFit is one of the most intense physical competitions in Canada, where participants climb, pull, hammer, spray and drag their way to victory. The SCOTT FireFit Championships is a competition based on firefighting tasks commonly performed in emergency situations. Many have had the opportunity to see it on TV; however on July 18 & 19th, you will have the opportunity to see it live.

“This FireFit Championships, coupled with the Bridge Bash will help to support our small businesses and is an excellent opportunity to show people what Point Edward has to offer” said Mayor Larry MacKenzie. “The Point Edward Optimist Club works hard to support our community and the FireFit Championships will attract more people into our Village in order to support the Optimists. We expect this to be a win-win for all involved.”

There will be many different levels of competitors, from the seasoned veterans to the first time rookies. One who will be watched closely is our very own Ian Van Reenen. Ian is an alumni of Lambton College who trained at the Fire & Public Safety Centre of Excellence. He is now a coach for Lambton College's own FireFit Team and a volunteer for the Point Edward Fire & Rescue service. VanReenen, who holds the Canadian title and walked away with a world title in the men's tandem competition, is excited about the opportunity to compete in his home town. Last weekend in at the Scott Firefit Southern Ontario regional in Ingersoll, Ian broke the men’s individual WORLD record with a time of 1:12.29.

“He has done an excellent job representing the Point Edward fire department and Lambton College on the National and World stage,” said Sue Patrick fellow Lambton College FireFit coach “And we are very proud of his achievements as a competitor and as the coach of our own FireFit team.”

Gord Yates another local volunteer Firefighter for the Point Edward Fire & Rescue Service was instrumental in bringing the event to the Village of Point Edward. The Host committee with representatives from the Point Edward Fire Department, Village of Point Edward, Tourism Sarnia Lambton, Lambton College & Purdy Ideal You, have put countless hours gathering support and preparing for this event.

“I am honoured to have this opportunity to bring this event to our community. What better way to showcase our community and our fellow firefighters than by bringing an event of this calibre to the Waterfront Park” said Gord Yates, host committee member and volunteer firefighter for the Point Edward Fire and Rescue service.

The Weekend will be packed with entertainment under the Blue Water Bridges, with the Mackinac Race & Rotary Club of Sarnia's Mackinac Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. followed by the SCOTT FireFit Championships both Saturday and Sunday from 11am -5 p.m. and closing off the day with the Point Edward Optimist Bridge Bash. The Bridge Bash will host a beer garden Friday – Sunday and live entertainment on both Friday and Saturday Night, with Borderline & Scoot Manery and the Barnburners on Friday Night and Chemical Valley and Retrospect on Saturday Night.

“We will be hosting firefighters from across Canada & the US and what better weekend to welcome our guests then during Mackinac weekend. With the addition of FireFit , this will give our visitors even more reason to stay and enjoy our waterfront.” Said Vicky Praill, Special Events and Group Marketing Co-ordinator.

The host committee has been hard at work putting the finishing touches on the event and can not thank all the  volunteers and sponsors enough for all their help and support. More information about the event can be found at FireFit.com, tourismsarnialambton.com, villageofpointedward.com or by calling Tourism Sarnia Lambton at 519-336-3232


 

 

 

 





 

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