Issy Venables hauls truck for her Penticton POC team in the annual fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Mark Brett/Western News

Haulin’ truck for muscular dystrophy

The Penticton Initial Attack team pulled their weight and then some in defending their title in the recent Penticton Fire Department Muscular Dystrophy truck pull.

And it all came down to the final haul for the eight-man, forestry service crew anchored by Jade Portwood, needing to beat the Beach City Crossfit’s squad’s best time of 16.7 seconds.

When the dust cleared Initial Attack came in with a .5 second margin of victory.

Finishing in third place was the Penticton department’s entry with a 16.9 time followed by All Fired Up at 17.3.

Initial Attack had to come from the B side of the draw after losing the second round match to Penticton.

According to firefighter Graham Boyd of Penticton Fire Rescue who helped organize the third annual event the real winners were those who are helped by Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

“All the proceeds go to facilitate things like care givers, cost of equipment and things like that,” said Boyd. “For example a power chair for someone with limited mobility can cost $20,000 so anything we can do to help is fantastic.”

Other teams that competed were the Knockouts and Starlit Yoga.


The kids, including six-year-old Frances Reid of Merritt, got into the action during the Penticton Fire Rescue truck pull. Mark Brett/Western News

Jade Portwood of the Initial Attack team strains to pick up speed with his team during the final event of the Penticton Fire Department’s Muscular Dystrophy truck Pull. Attack defended their title with a victory. Mark Brett/Western News