City paramedics 'dent a few egos'

19:22, May 28 2010

Invercargill paramedics have once again returned from the national competitions with a healthy collection of silverware.

The St John national emergency care competition was held last week, and the Invercargill team ended the day with three wins and a second placing.

Tui Wallace and Craig Jones took home trophies in the medical and trauma pairs tests and were named the champion pair.

Bob Glassey entered the individual competitions and came second in the medical test.

Previous Invercargill teams had been successful at the event, so the two new competitors knew they had a tough act to follow.

"They were huge shoes to fill," Ms Wallace said.

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After eight years as a paramedic, this was her first time competing.

Glassey has worked as a paramedic for 20 years, but this was the first year he had entered the national event.

"We dented a few egos," Mr Jones said.

He had entered the competition every year since he started working as a paramedic almost seven years ago, putting his hand up as a newbie to improve his assessment skills.

When asked what made Invercargill teams so successful, he laughed and said it was something in the water.

Fourteen teams from regions throughout New Zealand com-peted, and each team consistedof a pair and individual compet-itor.

All three agreed the competition would improve their skills and the way they worked together as a team.

They all said they would not have gone as far as they did without the help of team manager Jan Douglas.

A regional competition will be held in December and the top three teams will represent the south at the May 2011 national event.

The Southland Times