Reservist of the Year 2014

The competition pitted 11 representatives of the Navy and Army Reserve Force units from around New Zealand against each other in a test of military skills. These included weapon handling, first aid, public speaking and physical fitness tests.

Competitors in the NZDF Reservist of the Year event in Wellington wait to get started on the day’s tasks

Sapper (SPR) Christopher Farhi battled against 10 other competitors in a gruelling day to take out the NZ Defence Force Reservist of the Year competition in Wellington on Saturday 27 September. As the winner, he gets to be part of the catafalque guard for Anzac Day 2015 in Gallipoli.


The Director General of Reserve Forces and Youth Development, Brigadier Jon Broadley, said that 2014 was one of the most impressive competitions in the six years it has been running.


The Reservist of the Year award and Sir Harold Barrowclough trophy was presented to SPR Farhi by Mrs Joan Clouston (daughter of Sir Harold Barrowclough), AVM Kevin Short and BRIG Jon Broadley.


The trophy is a symbol of the bravery and leadership within Reserves, SPR Farhi reflected these ideals in the way in which he competed throughout the competition.


For more pictures of the 2014 Reservist of the Year Competition visit the New Zealand Defence Force facebook page.

CPL Adam Gane clears a fence during the event

GNR Daniel Hamilton during the swim test

This page was last reviewed on 6 November 2014, and is current.