World Fire Fighters Games 2002

Christchurch hosted the 7th World Firefighters Games over the week from 26th October to the 2nd of November. Over that period there were 72 different events

Organising was done by local fire fighters with the help of many outside people for without their support we would not have had the most successful games ever with over two thousand competitors plus their partners and supporters from all parts of the world.

Alan Goodmanson, Lyttleton fire chief and his staff had the task of organising the yachting for 21 entrants over a four-day period. The job was made easier after contacting the Farr owners group. Kevin Burnett and Mike Wooding contacted the local Farr 6000 owners and got an amazing response from 10 owners who gave their boats and their time over the four days.

After spending the long weekend at Lake Aviemore and the Farr Nationals we rushed back to Lyttleton to prepare the boats for the games which started the following day at the Naval Point Club with a powhiri by the local Kaumatua and myself as the NPCL representative. Alan Goodmanson and Frank Hardy, the ex fire chief, made the official opening where flags were raised from the different nations.

At 12.00 the racing started with short windward leeward course. Back to the club by 1600 where court sessions were held each day and awards were given.. 1800 to the fire station or sponsor ie the Mitre Hotel then to the games village.

Each day the sun shone and the wind was fair until the last day when the Norwesters came and caused cancellation of the racing. That brought the prize giving forward to 1400 hrs on Nov the 1st.

A medal ceremony was held and each owner was presented with a very special Memorial Games Medallion.
As a fire fighter I cant thank you enough for your support in time and effort after a long hard week. These games were dedicated to the New York Firemen.

Brian Parker Farr 6000 ’Valkyrie’

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