A team of four local firefighters travelled to Montgomery, Alabama to represent Gibraltar in the 25th Anniversary of the World Firefighter Combat Challenge.
The competition consists of five individual disciplines linked in one race that replicates the real-life demands of a firefighter at a fire incident. The race has been aptly named the ‘Toughest two minutes in Sport’ by ESPN.
The team consisted of Matt Coulthard, Julian McGrail, Dylan Pratts and Dyron Ford whose aim was to make it past the qualifiers, but they exceeded all expectations to bring home a silver medal.
“We are thrilled at what we have achieved; we went with the intentions of trying to qualify for the final knock out stages, but to make it to this stage and then all the way to the final is beyond our wildest dreams,” a team spokesman said. “To finish second in the world, coming from such a small nation with a limited number of firefighters, and only having competed in this sport for a couple of years, is such an amazing feeling’.
Three of the team members, Julian McGrail, Matt Coulthard and Dylan Pratts, were inducted into the ‘Lion’s Den’, an elite club of the world’s fastest finishers.
This makes them the first Gibraltarians, but also the first British firefighters to have this honour bestowed upon them in the 25 years since the inception of this competition.
“The team hope that their success will help promote health and fitness as part of work and an active lifestyle,” the spokesman said.