Lambton College Firefighter Combat Team claims five gold medals, achieve personal best at weekend Scott Firefit competition


August 23, 2016

SARNIA, August 23, 2016 – The Lambton College Firefighter Combat Team’s success continues to grow as the team took home a whopping five gold medals and one silver medal at the Scott Firefit Eastern Regional Competition. There were more than 140 career, volunteer and fire school firefighters in attendance at the event, held in Napanee, Ontario over the weekend.

Additionally, seven out of 10 team members also finished their individual races achieving their personal best times of the season.

“These young men and women of Lambton College’s Firefighter Combat Team are outstanding athletes. Their drive to reach the Scott Firefit National Championships in September is fierce,” said Head Coach Sue Patrick. “I am very proud of our team’s performance to date. They have done an excellent job representing Lambton College this summer.”

For the first time in their competitive history, Lambton College claimed the gold medal in the Women’s Individual race with team captain Courtney Surridge achieving a personal best of 2:57. Surridge wrapped up her weekend with three gold medals, earning her a new Olympic-inspired nickname: “Usain” Surridge.

In the Women’s Tandem event, Surridge and Mackenzie Baker took the top spot while teammates Rachal Hunchak and Ashley Uniac-Geroge claimed the silver medal. The women completed the weekend with another gold medal performance in the Women’s Relay. Earlier in the day, during the relay elimination rounds, the women of Lambton College wowed the crowd when they beat out a mixed relay team consisting of three men and two women.

After succumbing to a pair of injuries and illness on the first day of competition, the Lambton College Men’s Relay team had their work cut out for them. Still, the team rallied together on relay day and were able to dismiss five teams in their march to the finals. In a very close gold medal race, the team managed to defeat Fleming College by half a second, claiming the title in the Open Relay division. The team then went on to pick up a second gold medal in the College division.

Next up, the team will be travelling to Oshawa, Ontario on Friday August 26 for Scott Firefit Regional Competition.

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