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On the 1st March 2018, Hamilton Blue light held their annual Physical Competency Test (PCT) Challenge at Melville Intermediate.

This year there were 48 teams that participated from schools as far away as Te Kuiti, Waitetuna and Horotiu Primary, as well as our local Hamilton Schools. The event generated a massive attendance of 192 year 7 & 8 students, each school selecting 2 boys and 2 girls to compete for the Douglas Grant Memorial Trophy.  

Douglas Grant was a soldier in the NZ Defence force 1 SAS group. In 2011 he was deployed to Afghanistan. During his time there he was called to help rescue a group that were held up by insurgents in the British council diplomatic offices in Kabul. It was at this time he was shot and killed.  Donations were made to the family but were not needed so given to Hamilton Blue light. A trophy was subsequently made in Douglas’ memory and the PCT trophy was created. This trophy represents teamwork, going the extra mile for your mates and putting in your absolute best effort.

Each year the students have a chance to win the trophy and display it in their school showing the effort made. A new challenge, where teams had to work together to solve clues to uncover ‘who robbed the local bank’, was introduced this year proving a real test as only Whatawhata Primary Teams A & B, Rhode Street Primary and St Joseph’s Fairfield solved the case and named the correct offender within the 20 minute time allocation.  As always the Police Car Push and the PCT was a hit, the students were encouraged by new Probationary Constables and usual Blue light committee members who are given the day off usual duties to mix and mingle with our future champions of Community spirit.

Congratulations to the overall winner of the day Fairfield Intermediate who were presented with the PCT Trophy on Friday the 2nd March 2018, at a special school assembly and will represent Hamilton Blue Light in the National PCT Challenge at the Royal New Zealand Police College, Porirua in November 2018. We all wish them the best of luck!!

 Fairfield Intermediate team members receiving the Douglas Grant Memorial Trophy with Constable Jacob Goldsmith (left) and Constable Calum Grant.  

Fairfield Intermediate team members receiving the Douglas Grant Memorial Trophy with Constable Jacob Goldsmith (left) and Constable Calum Grant.  

 

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