Tatura has taken out the CFA Victorian Junior State Championships for the fifth time in a row after competition at the weekend.
‘‘We were up against 70 teams from 50 towns and we came through,’’ Tatura Fire Brigade second Lieutenant Alan Tyson said.
‘‘The result is a real testament to our juniors and coaches.’’
Head coach Martin Rennie led two under-14 teams and under-17 teams in Warrnambool on Saturday and Sunday.
Rennie started as a junior 31 years ago, following in the footsteps of his father and brothers, and has been coach of the junior teams since 2002.
‘‘The fact we did win is a testament to the kids’ dedication but also the coach’s skill,’’ Tyson said.
‘‘It was neck and neck for most of the weekend ... Euroa actually did really well, as well as Melton. We were all in the top three.’’
Youngsters had been training up to six hours a week in the lead-up the competition, with Rennie working hard to get the best out of them.
‘‘He (Rennie) has a unique ability to bring out the best in kids. He’s well respected and brings a really good feel to the club,’’ Tyson said.
‘‘He’s actually a champion himself. There’s a senior competition — he’s still currently the state champion for the prestigious ladder climb event.’’
Tyson said there was great camaraderie during the competition at the weekend, with teams admiring others’ achievements.
‘‘In our district (CFA district 22) we’re focused on our youth, which is a real plus,’’ he said.
‘‘We do have an ageing operational membership base and the CFA has the champions to make the group relevant to youth.’’
If your child has enthusiasm to try something different and exciting, head do to your local brigade and ask about the Victorian Junior State Championships.