June 9, 2015 - With 650 family, friends and co-workers in attendance, 22 apprentices and 15 journeymen PLTs spent a beautiful day in early June competing in this year’s BC Hydro Safety Rodeo that took place in the corporation’s facility in Prince George.
Apprentice PLTs from across the province competed in individual events including a written exam and Journeyman PLTs competed in teams of three in five different events, including two mystery events.
Competition judging of the pole events was done by experienced PLTs who work at BC Hydro and the events were also strongly supported by a number of volunteers, including many apprentice PLTs.
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the weekend event that started with a Welcome Reception hosted by Local 258 IBEW on Friday night at the Coast Inn of the North. A hearty breakfast was served to competitors and judges on the morning of the competition, sponsored by COPE 378.
Competitions were also held for First Aid, Class 5 Driving, Fork Lift and Rope Toss.
An Awards Banquet put on by BC Hydro took place on Saturday night where the following winners were named:
First Aid: Corey Baxter, Allan Graham, Aaron Stead
Class 5 Driving: 1st Place – Peter Cozza; 2nd Place – James Cryderman
Fork Lift: 1st Place – Michelle Knackstedt; 2nd Place: Jesse Mayes
Rope Toss: 1st Place – Iain Roby; 2nd Place – Justin Kallusky
Egg Climb: 1st Place – Simon Greg; 2nd Place: Shane Martin
Hurt Man Rescue: 1st Place – Iain Roby; 2nd Place – Mike Menu
Mystery Event #1: 1st Place – Mark Bosma; 2nd Place: Garrett White
Mystery Event #2: 1st Place – Mark Bosma; 2nd Place – Mike Menu
Written Exam: 1st Place – Mike Menu; 2nd Place – Carl Menu
Apprentice Overall: Mark Bosma
Egg Climb: 1st Place – Mark Blaxland, Wes Nustad, Doug Swoboda; 2nd Place: Brent Barnes, Tyson Norrish, Mike Perry
Hurt Man Rescue: 1st Place – Ben Receveur, Kelly Hambleton, Dan McDonald; 2nd Place – Brent Barnes, Tyson Norrish, Mike Perry
Mystery Event #1: 1st Place – Colin Cadger, Will Nichols, Reese Van Vilet; 2nd Place: Ephriam Nelson, Chad Hampton, Jordan Flanagan
Mystery Event #2: 1st Place: Mark Blaxland, Wes Nustad, Doug Swoboda; 2nd Place – Ben Receveur, Kelly Hambleton, Dan McDonald
Journeyman Overall: Colin Cadger, Will Nichols, Reese Van Vilet
BC Hydro and Local 258 IBEW are supporting two teams of Journeyman PLTs and three Apprentices from this competition to compete in the Kansas International Rodeo in October. Congratulations to Apprentice PLTs Mark Bosma (1st) and Mike Menu (2nd) and to Journeyman PLT Teams Colin Cadger, Will Nichols, Reese Van Vilet (1st), Ben Receveur, Kelly Hambleton, Dan McDonald (2nd), and Mark Blaxland, Wes Nustad, Doug Swoboda (3rd).
For photos of this event, please visit the Photo Gallery.