‘Superwoman’ tackling the Sky Tower

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Pukerau Volunteer Fire Brigade firewoman Julie Byars will don a “Superwoman” helmet for this year’s Sky Tower Challenge.

As a mother, she hoped to lead by example.

“My main motivation is being the mother of two girls and a boy. Being a woman in the fire brigade is still not common.

“It is about showing them I can do anything and that mums can do anything.”

It was the first time Mrs Byars had entered the challenge.

Her goal was to just make it to the finish on May 13.

After taking on the challenge, Mrs Byars decided to do extra time at the gym.

She was given extra training from her trainer, Rhys Maslin, at Total Body Fitness, to make sure her body was in peak condition for the challenge.

the stairs in the Sgt Dan Stockfoods factory building to improve her fitness.

Superwoman . . . Pukerau Volunteer Fire Brigade’s Julie Byars displays the helmet she will wear for the Firefighter Sky Tower Challenge in May. 

Her “Superwoman” helmet is dedicated to the memory of a former volunteer, Berny Lieshout.

“Berny was a member of the brigade who passed away last year.

“Ever since I joined the Pukerau Volunteer Fire Brigade, he was there,” she said.

Her helmet was signwritten by Sign It Signs.

The Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge will take place on May 13.

In the race, firefighters from more than 200 brigades don full uniform to climb 51 flights of stairs at the Sky Tower as a fundraiser for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.