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Local Linemen Represent SEC in International ‘Rodeo’ Competition


CONTACT: Allan Sharrett
V.P., Public & Member Relations
(800) 552-2118, ext. 3211

CREWE Apprentice Line Technician Blake Poindexter and Apparatus Line Technician Steve Carson represented Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) at the 31st Annual International Lineman’s Rodeo in Bonner Springs, Kansas on October 18th.

The annual event marks the culmination of various regional, national and international competitions that test the skills used by electric utility line workers each day. Both Poindexter and Carson competed earlier this year alongside their fellow SEC linemen in the regional qualifying event, the 12th Annual Gaff-n-Go Lineman's Rodeo, held in April of this year at the Caroline County Agricultural Fairgrounds in Ruther Glen, Va.

Held at the National Agriculture Center & Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs, more than 200 journeyman teams and 250 apprentices representing electric cooperatives, investor-owned and municipal electric utilities came together for four days of fellowship, competition and training. Line crew workers from several other nations, including Canada, England, and the Turks & Caicos Islands also participated. In addition to the rodeo competitions, attendees benefited from a safety and training conference and vendor expos that demonstrated new technology and equipment.

Representing SEC in the Hurt-Man Rescue event of the Apprentice Division, Poindexter finished an impressive 12th out of 255 entrants, landing him in the top 5% of the field. Carson, who joined him in Kansas, served as a judge during the international competition. Several other Virginia co-ops also competed in the event, including Mecklenburg and Rappahannock electric cooperatives.

"Our linemen look forward to these events, not only for the friendly competition and bragging rights, but for the camaraderie and a unique chance to learn from each other. They take pride in honing the skills they use every day to serve the SEC membership, so you can bet they’re excited at the opportunity to show them off in competition, both at our annual regional event here in Virginia and against the best in the world in Kansas," noted George Felts, SEC vice president of engineering & operations. 

Headquartered in Crewe, Virginia, SEC is a member-owned distribution electric utility serving more than 54,000 residences & businesses throughout southern and central Virginia. For more information about SEC, please visit us @ on Facebook: SouthsideElectric or Twitter: @SouthsideEC.