Eureka, that’s a lot of stairs

November 09, 2017

Echuca paramedics (top to bottom) Kelly Norris, Brad Anderson, Karl Christian, Angela Ogden, Fallon Lieschke, Larissa Anderson, Joanne Kerr and James Parker will be taking on the Eureka Stair Climb. Photo by Luke Hemer.

TEN Echuca paramedics will attempt to climb one of the world’s tallest residential buildings later this month.

And with 1642 stairs and 88 floors, the group has been training hard over the past month in preparation for the Eureka Climb — Australia’s biggest vertical race.

Although there is nothing similar to Melbourne’s Eureka Tower in Echuca-Moama, Larissa Anderson, Fallon Lieschke, Karl Christian, Brad Anderson, James Parker, Kristy Parker, Roy Jackson, Kelly Norris, Eliot Walton and Joanne Kerr have been practising stair climbs at Vic Park’s grandstand.

‘‘We have been training for about a month,’’ Mrs Kerr said.

‘‘We have been trying to climb stairs at least three times a week after work, squat challenges and walking.’’

The Ambulance Victoria Echuca acting senior team manager said they were looking forward to the challenge.

‘‘My goal is to finish,’’ she said.

‘‘I’d like to be finished in 30 to 40 minutes.’’

This is the first year rural ambulance staff have got involved in the event, with Ambulance Victoria fundraising on their behalf.

‘‘AV have raised to date $5670 with a total of 161 paramedics involved in the climb,’’ Mrs Kerr said.

She said she thought the climb would also be good for branch morale.

‘‘Exercise is not only good for physical health but mental health too,’’ she said.

‘‘I was pleased to have so many commit to the climb, I thought it might be only a couple of us.’’

The Eureka Climb, which is held on November 19, raises funds via donations for charity partners Interplast and Whitelion, who are committed to helping disadvantaged people.

The event is in the top 20 (amount of stairs) of stair climbs in the world and is host to an Elite Race for some of Australia’s best stair climbers.

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