Australian shines at Moffett World Championship


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Local forklift driver finishes fourth in the inaugural event in Ireland, pipped by the Netherlands

 

Dutch driver Jan de Vaan has taken out the inaugural Moffett World Championship held in the company’s factory in Ireland, with Australian Jason Galea finishing in fourth place.

The competition, which tests the skills of Moffett forklift operators through a variety of obstacles and checkpoints, began in May when Hiab launched the concept to celebrate its 70th anniversary.

Achieving the highest score across the state-based qualification rounds, J&J Freightlines’ Galea was awarded the chance to represent Australia in Ireland.

Finishing one second behind the top three contestants, he missed the chance to compete in the final round, but was awarded €3,000 (A$4,650) for his local charity, selecting the Children’s Cancer Institute of Australia.

Finishing in front of Galea was de Vaan, who completed the course in 5 minutes and 51 seconds; Wayne Bordoy from the UK, who took an additional eight seconds; and Irish competitor Olan Murphy, who recorded a time of 6 minutes 18 seconds.

"I am very happy, it was a tough competition," de Vaan says, taking home €2,500 (A$3,870) in travel vouchers, a trophy, and 'Operator of the Year 2015' decals for his vehicle.

All contestants were given a financial prize for their favourite charity.

 

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