The weather was hot, the competition was hotter, yet both were no match for the Lambton College Firefighter Combat Team this past weekend at the second Ontario Scott Firefit Championship Regional competition held on July 7th and 8th in Chalk River, Ontario.
Competitors from Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Iqaluit and United States competed for medals with Lambton College coming out as the top team for the weekend.
The Lambton College Firefighter Combat Team consisting of Captain Ian Van Reenen, John Bain, Nelson Bodnar, Cory Kolesnikowicz and Chad Van Eyk placed 1st for Gold in the Firefit Team combined Firefighter top three Individual times of 4:41 to receive Gold medals. This is the first time Lambton College students have medaled in this competition since their first team was entered in 2000.
The Team went into the final round of Team Relay against Ottawa Fire Department to take 1st place to win the Gold medal with a time of 1:11.69.
In the Tandem Team competition, Ian Van Reenen and Nelson Bodnar placed 1st with a time of 1:35.88 to win the Gold medal.
Lambton College has never won three Gold medals at one competition before.
Among seven ladies competing in the Ladies Individuals, Tabitha Siegfried placed 2nd with an impressive time of 3:16.48 to take the Silver medal. Tabitha cut 33 seconds off her previous run at Kitchener, Ontario.
This is the first time a Lambton College female firefighter student won a medal at Scott Firefit, a truly incredible accomplishment by Siegfried.
The Tandem Team of John Bain and Cortland Kolesnikowicz placed 2nd with a time of 1:39.13 to win the silver medal.
Lambton College had three firefighters place in the top 10 at this competition in the Individual category. Ian Van Reenen had a remarkable run with a time of 1:26.22 to place him 5th overall and now into the 80 Second Club of Elite Firefighters. Nelson Bodnar placed 6th overall with a time of 1:35.63 and remains in the 90 Second Club of Elite Firefighters. John Bain placed 10th overall with a time of 1:41.19 to remain in the 100 Second Club of Elite Firefighters. Chad Van Eyk placed 16th to move into the 100 Second Club of Elite Firefighters. Cory Kolesnikowizc took a hard fall and ended up with a time of 1:51.59.
Presently Ian Van Reenen is now sitting 1st overall for Canada’s Rookie Firefighter of the year. Van Reenen will battle for the best Rookie in Canada title at the Canadian Nationals on September 1, 2012 in Quebec.