INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2018
Euroa Junior Fire Brigade member Teagan Kubeil has raced into the history books, breaking a 45-year male stranglehold in one of Victoria’s premier fire championship events.
Teagan, from Euroa’s under-14 team, became the first girl to win the hydrant race in the Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) 45th State Urban Junior Championships, held in Warnambool on February 24-25.
Teagan was the only competitor to break the 11-second barrier in the event, recording a best time of 10.77seconds.
Coach Gerrard Williams, from Euroa Urban Fire Brigade, described Teagan as one of the most competitive runners he had seen in 20 years of coaching.
‘‘Teagan’s up there with the best,’’ he said.
‘‘She’s like a bull at a gate. She loves to succeed and she’s a great kid.
‘‘While other girls have achieved placings in the event, to everyone’s knowledge she’s the first female to win,’’ Mr Williams said.
He hopes the success will encourage more girls to join.
‘‘It’s good to show that competing and becoming involved in the brigade is not just for boys. We’ve had a lot of girls who’ve raced for us over the years,’’ he said.
Euroa’s Junior Fire Brigade entered three under-14 teams and one under-17 team.
After the march and opening ceremony, 67 teams competed for State Champion honours.
First event was the under-14 hydrant race.
Euroa’s Teagan Kubeil (A), Koby Kubeil (B) and Charlie Hall (C), won their heats and were into the final.
Teagan had the fastest time in the heats.
Her run in the final was exceptional in the time of 10.77seconds.
With half the teams still to run, Teagan was holding first place.
After all the teams had run, history was created as Teagan was announced the winner.
Euroa’s other two runners, Koby and Charlie, also had great runs in the final, finishing in the top 20 places.
— The Euroa Gazette