SPR Chris Farhi clears a fence during the NZDF Reservist of the Year event in Wellington on Saturday 27 September
28 September 2014
The New Zealand Army’s Sapper (SPR) Christopher Farhi is the 2014 New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Reservist of the Year. The win was announced at Massey University in Wellington last night after a day of demanding challenges.
SPR Farhi has won the Sir Harold Barrowclough Trophy and a place in the Catafalque Guard at Gallipoli for Anzac Day centenary celebrations next year.
At the day-long competition yesterday SPR Farhi competed with 10 other junior Reservists in a series of strenuous tasks which challenged them over a wide range of military skills. Tasks included simulation shooting, swimming and other physical challenges, as well as a variety of general knowledge, leadership/problem solving and first aid tests.
SPR Farhi serves as a combat engineer with the New Zealand Army and is a property developer in civilian life. His win was marked by the impressive stamina and commitment he showed in the physical parts of the competition.
The Reserve Forces are an integral part of NZDF. They are a valuable strategic asset and also provide an important link between military and New Zealand society, contributing at home and overseas.
This is the sixth year the competition has been held.