The final wrap
Congratulations go to KPMG as Challenge Champions 2014.
The Awards Night was held on Tuesday November 4 where participants and organisers gathered to celebrate their achievements. A massive thank you must go to all our volunteers that helped throughout the event.
An extra special thank you to Jim and Peter who assisted Steve over each of the four-day heats.
In addition to the Challenge Champions, another annual award was also presented on the evening - The Spirit of the Bibbulmun (Jim Freeman) Award. This award went to SP_CE as the team that kept together when the going got tough, improved much as a team, were environmentally aware and were conscious also of other teams. SP_CE were also one of the teams that fundraised for their entry.
On the night, teams reminisced the adventure that was the Bibbulmun Team Challenge.
The final scores.......
2355 - KPGM
2050 - Sierra Grandies and Axis of Ignorance, tied for second place
1975 - SP_CE
1925 - Geraldton Grammar School
1905 - The Sharp Squad (Dept of Parks and Wildlife)
1800 - CBA
1430 - Long Way To Go
That's the wrap for 2014. Enjoy the pics from the Awards Night and the memories of the event.......
First heat results
Congratulations to KPMG for winning the first heat for 2014! KMPG took the lead early on but only had a 50 point lead ahead of the Sharp Squad (Parks and Wildlife) by the end of the first day. CBA and Long Way To Go were all that far behind but by day two KPMG had cemented their lead a little more with 125 points ahead of the Sharp Squad. CBA fell to last place on day two despite having landed on a certain tree with more accuracy than most.
By day three CBA had regained third place from Long Way To Go and by day four the Sharp Squad were fiercely defending their second place from a possible hostile take-over by CBA while KPMG soared ahead. Everyone showed a great amount of TLC toward their fifth 'member' and none were lost, though one was left out shivering in the cold one night.
Fresh on day one, KPMG showed a glimmer of potential trying to get untangled from the web of life but like all other teams failed and remained chained to each other. But first day also saw one KPMG member received near on the worst care possible while Long Way To Go were saved by their only female member. The Sharp Squad had one team member disqualified for talking to much but were very good at anything which involved dangerous implements and stabbing. CBA had to share water among their team mates as the bottles emptied and the temperature increased.
Day two warmed up some more with all teams singing their way toward Mt Wells – some better than others. A little more water was carried and some showed off their leadership skills keeping the team on course, while other were looking for a drink at the 19th hole while picking ticks off each other like monkeys. It was clear that it would be on a golf course that the Sharp Squad would shine – if there was one around. And wouldn’t it have been nice to find the 19th hole – it was quite warm that afternoon. Long Way To Go started with two members not feeling all that special but mustered all their strength and resolve to get to the top of that hill and beyond. It didn’t help though when they had to avoid the crocodiles on top of Mt Wells.
Indeed the weather was quite warm on the first two days but come day three and four, teams found themselves in the cool of Mt Wells and Chadoora (and other locations in the surrounds of Dwellingup). On day three the team scattered after finding Annie on her side and vying for the best position.
No matter what the challenge all teams rose to them with the utmost optimism and completing every activity. Some eggs were broken trying to make anything but an omelette and the scuffle between KPMG and CBA at Chadoora campsite mid-afternoon was ferocious. Both teams came running out of the bush looking for a piece of history and found it. CBA showed their strengths with keeping the shareholders happy and maximising profits but also saw them draw fire like a red target from other teams for having done so. In the end KPMG took first place followed by the Sharp Squad, CBA and then Long Way To Go.
Here is what The Sharp Squad (Parks and Wildlife) had to say.....
We were tired at times
We nearly cried at times
We climbed high at times
We gazed at the sky at times
We ripped off ticks at times
We picked up scats at times
We made dinner at times
We were winners at times
We sang songs at times
We really ponged at times
Despite all the ticks
And the dirty tricks
We had fun every day
And learnt so much on the way
We'll never forget
Our time on the Track
We'll tell all our friends
And we'll definitely be back
So thank you to Steve
To Jim and to Trish
Thanks for the memories
You will surely be missed.
Final heat results
It’s a tie!
Well this does not happen much at all but we had a tie for first place on this last heat. Congratulations to Axis of Ignorance and Sierra Grandies for tying first place! The Grandies took the lead fairly early on day one and by the end of the day had established beyond doubt that they were in for a win. But only 100 points behind them were SP_CE. They didn’t have much breathing space as the Axis of Ignorance was steaming along finishing the first day just 50 points behind them.
The girls from Geraldton Grammar took a little while to warm up and didn’t do so well on day one. Second, third and fourth place switched a few times over the four days but the Grandies held their lead each day until the final few activities on day four. People’s true colours came out at the natural amphitheatre and the Grandies took a beating. So much for all that love! This gave the Axis of Ignorance a head start to catch them before the end of the last day. SP_CE came in at second followed by Geraldton Grammar.
Fresh on day one, everyone was on time and worried about why they were being weighed. The Grandies to took the lead with the first activity cajoling other teams to hand over their gold tees. Even at the ropes they were pretty good being the only team to release each other in time. I think the other teams tried to hamper the Grandies efforts by letting Ken suffer from a very sticky and rough splint. SP_CE showed their talent when it came to the play-dough though they botched the spondonical which was a shame because we all love spondonical.
Geraldton showed their skill at being blindfolded and drawing shapes on the ground and SP_CE landed right on the reference tree. The Axis of Ignorance excelled at cooking and at rescuing people from the car accident (although taking photos of unconscious patients instead of giving aid and also straddling poor Annie didn’t help and I’m pretty sure is completely unethical). But it’s all about the Track, the Track, the Track! Well also the paddling too. Thanks to them we all stayed at the Ritz on the first and last night but at Mt Wells it was Halloween with doors squeaking and shadows moving in the night.
The weather warmed up on the third day when all teams set off for the check points. With the help of some Gatorade they were off and SP_CE went hard, really hard. This saw them take the lead on that activity despite Steve falling into a bear trap down the hill from 68. The girls admitted they were crap after climbing the wrong hill and just headed for the historic site – not too worry it all meant they weren’t targeted so much by the other teams and so they weren’t always coming last!!
All teams, no matter the outcome, stuck together and made an outstanding effort each day. Even the 5th participant from each team survived though I suspect one drowned being suspended in water for four days. And thinking about it SP_CE lost their noodle at Chadoora at one point.
Here is what Geralton Grammar had to say.....
A board member
Journeying from afar
We drove four hours in a car
Early we rose one Thursday morn
To be first at the bus
At the crack of dawn
Starting off with a roadside "bang"
Nailing the first challenge
We thought this was out thang!
This moment of glory was not to last
As challenge after challenge
We came last
Not to worry our heads held high
We soldiered on to war
Most improved on Friday nigh
Alas Mt Wells was all too uncanny
When one of our four members
Got ticks in her #*%$#
Saturday was to be our demise
when rogaining kept us short of a prize
At building knives the traditional way
We love you Jim - you saved our day
Our final hoorah with a bungi cord
Saw Paula get the flag
A great reward
Club Sierra well done could be number one
Axis of Ignorance you've been great fun
SP_CE SP_CE SP_CE SP_CE
Tried to win the race
We thank you all for the blast
We only hope we didn't come last!