Euroa students Amelia Delahey (left) and Teagan Kubeil, with Chief Officer Jason Heffernan after their record-breaking run in the Female Y Coupling event
The extended women’s events program at the CFA/VFBV State Championships saw a strong and competitive field vying for the honours and records fell across the weekend.
Euroa students Amelia Delahey and Teagan Kubeil won the inaugural VFBV Female Aggregate Trophy for the team with the highest overall points. Tatura finished in second place, with Pakenham/Narre Warren A third.
Twenty women’s teams from across the state competed in female-only events, as well as taking part in open competition.
Amelia and Teagan are both secondary school students, so combine the demands of studying and training to compete at the Championships, as well as holding down part-time jobs.
What makes their win even more remarkable is they’ve trained together only three or four times as a team.
Their commitment has paid off, with the duo scoring a total of four points in the four events, ahead of nearest rival Tatura. In the first new women’s event of the Championships, the pair won the Women’s Y Coupling in a record time of 12.83 seconds.
The Euroa students said they were thrilled by the win and excited that the expanded women’s events gave them more opportunities to compete.
“We were quite surprised. We just came to have a bit of fun and get involved, but it was good to come out with something in the end,” Year 12 student Teagan said. “It was an honour to take out the female aggregate.”
“It was really great to be the first girls to win it and we are thrilled that we have been able to achieve this,” Year 10 student Amelia said.
Chief Officer Jason Heffernan was on hand to congratulate the winners.
“I’ve been so impressed with the high level of skill displayed by the women in these new events. We hope to see even greater levels of participation in coming Championships,” Jason said.
In another sign of CFA’s increasing diversity, the Chief’s Chargers event, a race between CFA operational leaders and a volunteer team, featured a female Deputy Chief Officer for the first time.
DCO Operational Performance and Capability Kaylene Jones said she was proud to be able to set an example for other young female firefighters to aspire to.
“I’m equally inspired by our young members competing across both weekends. It’s been great to see the skill and dedication of these future firefighters,” DCO Jones said.
- DCO Kaylene Jones competing in the Chief’s Chargers team
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