Queensland spirit comes through in the YWPs most challenging (and wettest) Amazing Race yet
13 October 2018
Written by Sandrika Ryan
The 5th Annual Amazing Race held in Brisbane City was upon us, but the weather forecast showed no mercy…
Nonetheless, over 60 competitors, volunteers and supporters came prepared – raincoats, gumboots and all.
The event showcased the best of the South East Queensland water industry, with 11 teams eager to bring their best game forward and take out the title. Above all, the participants were committed to joining friends and colleagues in the water industry to make for a worthwhile evening of teamwork, networking and celebration.
On the afternoon of the 13 October 2018, teams from Aquatec Maxcon, Engeny Water Management, GHD, Downer, Logan City Council, WSP, QUU, Stantec, SMEC, WRM and The University of Queensland gathered at the Gallery of Modern Art where the race was to commence in much anticipation.
This year, bystanders saw teams of mermaids, cowboys and ninja turtles getting creative with their costumes and it certainly didn’t slow them down. At the start of the Race, teams huddled to strategize the best route to accrue points, with different zones around the City highlighted on their maps worth different points...plus a handful of bonus point locations to find their way around before time was up at 5 pm.
There was an array of challenges in many forms this year so the need for a tight strategy couldn’t have been more prevalent. To throw a spanner in the works, the teams also had a series of new activities they needed to attempt to gain maximum points – physical challenges as well as brain-teasing problems that took some of our brightest minds back to University mathematics first principles. To raise the stakes, the organising team included a new challenge that had Amazing Racers determined to bring back the highly-sought combination locks hidden around the city. Only four locks were placed around the City (that answering certain questions correctly would provide the codes to unlock and claim bonus points when returned). For a wet day, the teams did a phenomenal job of cracking as many challenges as they did with most kudos to those who managed to keep their answer sheets dry.
The winning team – who really were the true underdogs climbing from 15th place last year to taking out the 2018 title – was Engeny Water Management Team 2. It was a well-deserved victory for Kelsey Mundt, Joel Khouri, Samantha Elston and Miles Tremlett-Johnstone.
All the competitors made it to the finish line at Barbossa Bar (our wonderful hosts) in South Brisbane to be greeted by a crowd of water industry professionals networking, a spread of food platters, refreshing drinks and – probably most desired at this point – shelter from the rain.
Credit must be given to the dedicated QLD YWP committee members for organising the event including Jake Robson, Alice Connell, Sandrika Ryan, Mike Meng, Diana Gonzalez, Elena Mejia Likosova and Sharon James (QLD Branch Manager). The day could not have been possible without the generous support from Stantec, who exclusively sponsors the event since 2015.
If you are interested in diving into the next competition, be on the lookout this time next year for the next Amazing Race!
To view photos taken during the event, please click here.