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Issue No. 374 October 2013

Chris is a winner - out of the blue

Constable Chris Hey back at Lower Hutt Police Station
Photo: Constable Adam Clevett

Constable Chris Hey has shown he's got what it takes in a green uniform as well as the blue.

Chris, based at Lower Hutt, overcame a series of military challenges to win the coveted title of New Zealand Defence Force Reservist of the Year.

And he got through the day of tests - including weapons handling, first aid, physical fitness and public speaking - between a late shift and a night shift.

"That's life as a reservist," says Chris, a Corporal in the Wellington Company, 5/7 Battalion. "You get used to disrupted sleep and the need to be flexible."

The competition - held last month at the RNZPC and on the frigate HMNZS Canterbury in Wellington Harbour - involved competitors from reserve Navy, Army, and Air Force units nationwide.

Chris says he particularly enjoyed the physical tests - including the PCT course and a fully-clothed swim at the RNZPC, then carrying a 20kg jerry can while wearing body armour, helmet and respirator aboard Canterbury.
The candidates were given public speaking topic during the day and had to give a three-minute speech at the formal dinner that evening.

Chris joined the Territorials in 2007 and in 2008 was deployed to the Solomon Islands. In 2010 he was with the Regular Force full time at the Youth Development Unit at Trentham but returned to the Territorials on joining Police in 2011.

He thanked his section colleagues at Lower Hutt for their support.

As Reservist of the Year, Chris will travel to Gallipoli with the NZDF contingent to mark ANZAC day in 2014, the 99th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. "I've never been there but always wanted to," he says.

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