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Firefighters off to Australian games
WATER GUYS: Darfield's two-person
national waterways champions. Left to
right: Bryan Thomas, Alan Kittelty and
DARFIELD VOLUNTEER Fire
Brigade is being celebrated after a
busy summer, but three of its
members are earning extra praise as
Alan Kittelty, Bryan Thomas and
Joost Kepers travelled to Cromwell
earlier this month and won the two-
person teams event at the 2013
United Fire Brigades Association
national waterway championships.
As a result, they will represent
New Zealand at the Australian
national championships across the
Tasman in Hobart, in November.
We were pushing really hard to
get this, so it s really special, Mr
Two years ago, the trio finished
second in the biennial event in
Carterton and vowed that 2013
would be the year.
We were getting a bit sick of get-
ting close, but not winning it, so we
decided this year we would give it a
During a busy summer, the three
also trained for 90 minutes three
nights a week in pursuit of their
goal, and travelled to many regional
tournaments to prepare.
The challenges can consist of any-
thing from replacing burst hoses to
using pumps and running out hoses
in the quickest possible time, with-
out compromising safety or control.
Mr Kittelty competes in all six
events. The other two interchange,
participating in three each.
They have not talked about rep-
resenting their country yet, but Mr
Kittelty expected that would come
when the novelty of being national
champions wore off and they re-
sumed training after about a month.
Mr Kittelty has been in the
Darfield brigade for almost three
decades and competing in waterways
challenges for almost 20 years. Mr
Thomas is not far behind, with more
than 15 years of competition, and Mr
Kepers is the newbie, with five years
experience in the team.
We ve all been going so long, so it
feels really good to finally bring the
big one back to the Darfield brigade,
Mr Kittelty said.
Aquatic centre in final phase
FILL UP: Aquatic centre manager Kathy Moore watches the first water going into the Rolleston pools. INSET: Jurijs Mihejenko
applies the finishing tiles on one of the four pools.
By MAT KERMEEN
WATER IS flowing at the Rolleston
A large percentage of construction,
pipework, pumps, filters and ground
work is now completed, and the
complex is taking shape -- with some
areas in the final touches phase .
Aquatic centre manager Kathy
Moore is keeping a close eye on prog-
ress and is really happy with the
way things are shaping up.
It s great to see it coming together
like this. It s exciting for the whole
community, knowing we are getting
close to opening.
Tiling on the main pool is
completed, with water slowly begin-
ning to fill it late last week. The
learners and state-of-the-art hydro-
therapy pool are expected to see
water this week. The fourth pool
inside the complex is a recreation
pool, which boasts a beach, water
features and a rapid river.
In a report to the council two
weeks ago, the pools were said to be
under budget, and despite some
earlier delays, still on track for a
handover date of May 7.
Ms Moore said an official opening
day had not been set, as the council
needed up to three weeks of
After the handover, Ms Moore said
staff would need to be trained and
inducted, the four pools would need
to be leak-tested, and other parts of
the facility would need to be put
through their paces.
She expected the opening would be
in early June.
The aquatic centre is expected to
create the equivalent of 24 full-time
jobs, although Ms Moore said they
could be shared among as many as
50 part-time workers.
Ms Moore has spent time on the
New Zealand Recreation Board and
has more than 20 years experience
in the aquatic industry. She has
moved to Selwyn after spending
the last 11 years as an aquatic
facilities manager down in Oamaru.
The project is budgeted at
$14.7 million. The community has
only $200,000 more to raise to reach
its fundraising target of $1.5m.
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