CHARLOTTE – Martin Rowland, of Waxhaw, and Joshua Shannon, of Monroe, are among 77 Duke Energy linemen from six states competing in the International Lineman’s Rodeo on Oct. 19 in Bonner Springs, Kan.
More than 320 individual competitors and nearly 250 teams will vie for top honors in events testing job-related skills, such as simulated hurt-man rescues, equipment repair and pole climbs. Competitors are judged on speed, agility, technique and safety procedures.
“Duke Energy rodeo competitors participate in additional training to compete against the best in the world,” said Harry Sideris, senior vice president of customer experience and services. “The competitions help our linemen refine their skills to serve our customers even more safely and efficiently.”
Duke Energy participants won regional company competitions in 2018 and 2019. Rowland and Shannon are competing in the apprentice division, which features line workers with less than four years of utility experience.