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The 2014 National Forklift Championships

The final event of the National Forklift Championships was held in
Brisbane recently with the competition witnessing some of the best forklift
operators in business.

The course design for the final round saw a very challenging layout to
test the best of skills in forklift operation. The 13 male and four female
finalists had to navigate multiple tasks including shooting a basketball
through a hoop.

Australian Warehousing Association President Bill Henman explained that
the core focus of the competition was on safe and efficient operations while
complying with national standards.

The National Forklift Championships drew competitors from many industries
and companies of all sizes, including several female participants. This year’s
novelty event of shooting a basketball through a hoop was won by female
defending champion, Puna Ririnui from Green’s Biscuits. Puna won on time, as the
scores were tied three ways with IGA Supermarkets’ Jayde Graham and Swire Cold
Storage operator, Marcelo Fagali.

The main event winner of the male division was Andrew Knowles, Personalised
Freight Management while the female division winner was Jayde Graham, IGA
Supermarkets.

National Forklift Championships organisers thanked Nationwide/Hyundai
Forklifts, Loscam, AIMM Industrial Training, Signet, Cascade and Construction
Training Centre for their support. 

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