The World Firefighters Games was held in Christchurch in 2002, the year after the tragedy of September 11 in New York. A group of the French firefighting contingent very much enjoyed their time in Christchurch, and particularly the friendship extended to them by the members of Christchurch Petanque Club.
Petanque was one of the sports played at these games and they actually purchased boule from The Warehouse so they could play. After they returned to France we corresponded with them and one of the guys, Pierre Armengaud was a woodworking artisan. He wanted to give us a trophy as a mark of the friendship and camaraderie shown to them by our members and he made what is now called The Memorial Trophy in the form of a fireman's helmet ... pictured above with Bruce Hoffmann and Ivan Hansen.
At the next World Firefighters Games in Miami he gave the trophy to one of the Christchurch group of firefighters attending the event and they brought it back to New Zealand.
The committee of the time decided to play annually for this trophy in a 'friendly doubles social tournament', with drawn partners on or as close to Anzac Day as possible. It was termed The Memorial Trophy in memory not only of our firefighting friends from France, but the loss of the New York firefighters on Sept 11, New Zealand losses during war time and the passing of our own Club members.