Reservist of the Year 2012
The competition pitted 14 representatives of the Army and Navy Reserve Force units from around New Zealand, against each other in a test of military skills. These included weapons handling, first aid, public speaking and physical fitness tests.
LCPL Richard Delaney from 7th Wellington and Hawkes Bay Battalion during the Physical Testing stage.
Lance Corporal (LCPL) Mark Gilmour battled the weather and other competitors to take out the NZ Defence Force Reservist of the Year competition in Wellington on Saturday 8 September.
Second place went to Aucklander, Gunner Cieran Marshall 11/4 Battery, 16th Field Regiment; and third prize went to Wellington local, Lance Corporal Richard Delaney of Bravo Company, 7th Wellington and Hawkes Bay Battalion.
The Director General of Reserve Forces and Youth Development, Brigadier Sean Trengrove says the Reservist of the Year competition 2012 was a great success.
“The contestants were great ambassadors for their ships and units. They engaged fully in the competition striving to be the best at each activity, even though some activities tested their previous experience.
“At the end of the competition there was a strong feeling of camaraderie developed from a shared experience that was obvious to all of those privileged to attend.”
The Reservist of the Year award was presented by Mrs Joan Clouston the daughter of Sir Harold Barrowclough who was a reservist known for his conspicuous bravery and brilliant leadership during the first and second World Wars.
For more pictures of the 2012 Reservist of the Year Competition visit the New Zealand Defence Force facebook page.