Snowfighter champion announced (08/09/26)

NB 1401

Sept. 26, 2008

MIRAMICHI (CNB) - Alex Goodine of Bathurst was pronounced New Brunswick's champion snowfighter during yesterday's competiton in Miramichi.

Goodine was joined in the competition by 10 other Department of Transportation snowplow operators from around the province. Rino Mercier of Saint-Martin-de-Restigouche was the runner-up.

Transportation Minister Denis Landry attended the competition.

"I wish to congratulate Alex on his success and thank all of the participants for the dedication they show to their careers as New Brunswick's snowfighters," Landry said. "Driving a snowplow requires skill and concentration and the ability to stay calm in a stressful situation. The championship was a great way for our operators to showcase their abilities and for the department to express its appreciation for their achievements."

Goodine and Mercier will get a second chance to test their snowplow driving talents against their Quebec colleagues at the Quebec Snowplowing Championships in Lévis, Que., on Oct. 4.

Two snowplow operators from MRDC Operations Corp. also participated in yesterday's competition. They, and a colleague from Brun-Way Operations, will compete in the private-sector category of the Quebec championship.

Landry expressed his appreciation to both private sector partners for their interest in the competition.


MEDIA CONTACT: Tracey Burkhardt, director of communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.