Martin Waldner of Turin, Alberta, beat the competition in his effort to be Pump Challenge Champion during the CIPHEX West trade show held Nov. 2-3 in Calgary. Martin had a record-setting time of one minute and forty-seven seconds.

The aim of this contest, which was sponsored by the Canadian Hydronics Council, was to see who could remove and replace a working circulating pump the fastest without springing a leak.

A member of the Turin Hutterite Colony, Martin is not a plumber by trade but admits to considerable practice changing and replacing circulating pumps in barns and other buildings in his community. He beat the previous record set during CIPHEX Ontario in March 2004. As the first place finisher, Martin picks up a check for $750.

Tied for second place were Robert Mantey of Metrocare Facility Services and Roger Lebeuf of Nortec Plumbing and Heating, both of Edmonton. Each had a time of one minute and fifty-eight seconds and will each receive $375.

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Publication date: 12/06/2004