Waterway Challenge set to be a blast

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The Mataura Volunteer Fire Brigade is excited to be hosting the UFBA (United Fire Brigade Association) South Island Waterway Challenge.
The challenge will be held at Tulloch Park, Mataura on Saturday.
Mataura brigade station officer Andrea Russell said eight two-person teams and nine four-person teams from throughout the South Island would be competing.
Teams of two and four had to complete up to nine different activities demonstrating the speed and accuracy of their pump operation and hose skills, Ms Russell said.
Teams were timed, points were awarded for placings and penalties could be allocated by referees.
“It’s fast and exciting for spectators,” Ms Russell said.
The action would start at 8.30am and it is free to attend.
A prizegiving and presentation would be held afterwards at the Mataura Rugby Club.
“As water restrictions are in place we have sourced an alternative water supply and Tulloch Transport are kindly donating a tanker for the day,” she said.
There would be no impact on the town water supply.
The Gore District Council had also been outstanding in its efforts to help with the event, completing the track at Tulloch Park to the highest standard, she said.
The Mataura Licensing Trust was handling all the catering for the event.
The Mataura brigade was looking forward to hosting the visitors and showing them some great hospitality, she said.
The Mataura four-person team was made up of Moe Murray, Neville Phillips, Nick Callick, Wayne Murray and Callum Sinclair.
The two-person team comprised Luke Witbrock and Codi Millan, who were enjoying their second season competing.
Mr Phillips said this was the first time Mataura had hosted the event.
The Mataura brigade had run Otago-Southland events before, but these were smaller than the Waterway Challenge, Mr Phillips said.