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FIT FOR GOLD – The Yukon’s first women’s FireFit team poses with their medal haul at the Pacific Regionals last weekend. From left, Megan Coyne, Elizabeth Boyd, Sydney Johnson and Kelsie Olsen. With their performances, the team has qualified for nationals at the end of the summer. Photo courtesy of Yukon Firefighter Fitness Association

Yukon FireFit teams return from most successful regionals yet; qualify for nationals

The Yukon’s first female FireFit team

By Marissa Tiel on May 19, 2017

The Yukon’s first female FireFit team earned a haul of medals at the FireFit Pacific Regionals in Langley, B.C. last weekend as they booked their tickets to nationals.

“We were all pretty surprised,” said team captain Kelsie Olsen.

Ibex Valley Fire Department’s Megan Coyne won four medals over the weekend, including an individidual bronze.

The women’s team combined to win both the individual team category and the team relay. The team includes Olsen, who is with the Golden Horn Department; Coyne (Ibex Valley Fire Department), Elizabeth Boyd (Mount Lorne Fire Department) and Sydney Johnson (Ibex Valley Fire Department).

The women are all under 30.

The supportive and fun atmosphere Olsen was told to expect lived up to its reputation as members from other fire departments shared some of their training tips and techniques with the Yukoners outside of competition.

In all, the Yukon teams took home 11 medals and have all qualified for the national FireFit competition in Ottawa in September.

Boyd Pyper won gold in the chief/officer category; the Yukon Fire Service Women’s Team won gold in the overall team score and gold in the relay; Jeremy Beebe and Coyne won gold in the two-person mixed relay; Doug Burgis won silver in the chief/officer category; Pyper won bronze in the men’s over 50; Coyne won bronze in the women’s under 40; Yukon Fire Service Men’s Team won bronze in the overall team score and the relay; Kevin Mendelsohn and Johnson won bronze in the two-person mixed relay; and Pyper and Myron Penner won bronze in the two-person over 40 relay.

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