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Fire fighters, cops to compete in sports fields fund-raiser

Fire fighters and police officers will be competing at the Firefit competition in Aldergrove May 26-27 to raise funds for new artificial turf fields at Aldergrove Athletic Park and Betty Gilbert Middle School. - Submitted photo
Fire fighters and police officers will be competing at the Firefit competition in Aldergrove May 26-27 to raise funds for new artificial turf fields at Aldergrove Athletic Park and Betty Gilbert Middle School.
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Hilary McRoberts will be wearing two hats next month as she performs double-duty to help bring about a pair of artificial turf fields for Aldergrove soccer players.

McRoberts is president of Aldergrove United Soccer Club, and is an enthusiastic supporter of the planned construction of artificial turf fields for players of all ages. She is also a co-owner of the Scott Firefit Championships program, which pits fire fighters and police officers in grueling competitions to demonstrate their life-saving skills.

Firefit will be doing a community fundraiser on May 26-27 in Aldergrove for the second artificial practice pitch to cover one of the gravel pitches at Betty Gilbert Middle School.

Invitations to compete have been distributed to fire fighters and police officers throughout the region, and the response has been good, says McRoberts.

"The competitions are based on the essential tasks of fire fighting and policing and are timed obstacle courses which competitors race on to see who is the fastest," said McRoberts.

"FireFit will be donating our services to put on this regional competition of the FireFit and TopCop Championships. The FireFit Championships is an internationally recognized event in its 19th year in Canada, fourth year in the Middle East, with Africa and Brazil on the horizon."

All monies raised from the event will go towards the building of the second turf pitch in Aldergrove.

"The significant cost savings of putting in this second turf pitch now is what is driving the Soccer community here in Aldergrove to pull out all the stops to make it happen," said McRoberts.

"We have almost 1,000 soccer players between youth and senior club ages playing soccer in Aldergrove plus the new artificial pitches will benefit both the middle and senior secondary schools. This is a win-win project for the community," said McRoberts.

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