8 September 2010
Part-time soldiers and sailors will compete against each other this weekend in a series of military skills challenges for the title of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Reservist of the Year.
The competition which pits representatives of the 11 major Army and Navy Reserve units, from North Cape to Bluff, against each other in a test of military skills will be held at Messines Army Centre in Trentham on Saturday.
The contestants will be assessed in their performance of a series of military tasks such as weapons handling, first aid and physical fitness. A public speaking competition and formal dinner will then be held at Defence House, where the winner will be announced.
Reservists are part time members of the military who, in addition to their full time jobs serve in the Army, Navy and Air Force in their spare time. The role of the Reserve Forces is to provide supplementary manpower to the NZDF as and when required for specific tasks.
Last year, the inaugural Reservist of the Year competition was won by Corporal Deborah Kendon, of the 3rd Auckland Northland Battalion of the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment. Deborah is a secondary school teacher who took leave without pay from her job to serve with the Regional Assistant Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI).
Many reservists take leave from their regular employment to serve on NZDF operations in Solomon Islands, Timor Leste and Afghanistan.
WHAT: NZDF Reservist of the Year competition - 11 young New Zealanders who are part-time soldiers and sailors competing in a series of military challenges.
WHEN: Saturday, 11 September, 8am-10pm.
WHERE: Messines Army Centre, entrance off Somme Rd, Trentham and Defence House, 2-12 Aitken St, Thorndon, Wellington.
For further information please contact Zen Gregor, Defence Communications Group on 021 840 358
Media are invited to attend the competition at Messines Army Centre on Saturday.
Please Note: Due to security requirements all media wishing to attend the competition need to register their interest with Zen Gregor by Friday 10th at 1pm. A drivers licence or equivalent ID is required to be shown on entry to Messines Army Centre.