Gold for Aurora

Gold for Aurora Police Department in the men’s softball!

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Our Volunteers

Did you see what our volunteers did? Absolutely loving it !

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Batman at games

oes Batman qualify for the World Police & Fire Games?! Seen at Queen’s Sport Upper Malone

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Day 9 Video

DELOITTE ADDS A PROFESSIONAL EDGE

Deloitte, the leading business advisory firm and professional services provider to the 2013 World Police and Fire Games, is set to pitch its support in a new direction as official sponsor of the Games’ field hockey tournament.Having provided the 2013 WPFG delivery team with a comprehensive suite of professional services over the past year, Deloitte, a Platinum Sponsor, is now spreading its interest onto the field of play for the hockey tournament. This is the first time that field hockey will be included in the sports schedule since the Adelaide Games in 2007 and medals will be hotly contended.

Jackie Henry, Partner at Deloitte Belfast said, “Throughout the build-up to the Games, we’ve been working closely with the organisers to help them deliver a world class games, inspiring innovation, achievement and quality. With the tournament fast approaching, we’re now delighted to be fielding a new arena- lending our support to the Hockey tournament.”

“As a firm we’re committed to supporting healthy lifestyles through sport, so we’re thrilled to be partnering with a sport which has such excellent grassroots, school-led and professional support in Northern Ireland.”

John Tully, Chief Executive, 2013 WPFG adds, “Deloitte has been providing us with professional advice for some months now and their guidance has enabled us to manage complex areas responsibly and effectively.  Given the mix of public and private sector funding necessary to stage an event of this size, it is essential that our processes are fit for purpose and able to satisfy the most robust scrutiny.  Deloitte’s contribution has been invaluable and we are most grateful to the team’s expertise and commitment to 2013 WPFG on and off the field of play.”

The World Police and Fire Games is a biennial event for serving and retired police, fire, prison and border security officers.  It is the third largest multi-sports event in the world and will attract thousands of competitors from over 60 countries to compete in 56 sports in 41 venues in Northern Ireland from 1st-10th August 2013.

Deloitte joins a list of high calibre Platinum Sponsors including Danske Bank, Diageo, Fujitsu, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Ltd, Kukri, Translink and Food NI.

Information about the Games is available at:  www.2013wpfg.com or follow www.twitter.com/2013wpfg or www.facebook.com/2013wpfg

Final day of Ultimate Firefighter

By Volunteer Zoe Cunningham
Given the buzzing carnival
atmosphere more often seen on the streets of Rio, the sun shining high in the
sky and the exuberant cheers of the Brazilian team as they were awarded the
first gold medals of the day, you could be forgiven for thinking you were anywhere
but Belfast.  But yesterday us Norn Irish
folk held our heads high as we welcomed the world to the third and final day of
Ultimate Firefighter at the iconic Titanic Slipways.
Once again the crowds flocked
from near and far to soak up the atmosphere at this thrilling event, which on the final day took the form of four different stages, performed by four different team
members.
The morning saw competitors
complete stages 1 and 4, the hose task and high rise task and the afternoon
session included the stage 2 weight and strength task and stage 3 obstacle
course.
Once again these amazing
athletes showed off the everyday skills they need to be firefighters to
perfection and much to the delight of the assembled crowds, the competition was
fierce.  It was split into age categories
and while many teams were from particular countries or stations, there were
also a number of teams made up of individuals including the Barbarians team of
Irish, English and Americans who ended up taking gold in the over 45’s
category.  Gold medals also went to the
Brazilians, who I’ve heard were in training for the games for the past six
months and a team from the Czech Republic.
A talented team from Ireland were awarded silver in the U35’s category,
cue rapturous applause from the huge crowd that had gathered for the medals
ceremony.
As the competition drew to a
close I met Danny Ard, Crew Commander for Blue Watch at Central Fire Station in
Belfast, who was a great sport and let me fulfil my lifelong ambition of
wearing a fireman’s hat and happily put his heavy firefighting gear back on to
pose for some photographs.  While we were
perfecting Danny’s modelling skills he told me about meeting an older
firefighter the day before who has competed in the WPFG every year since 1985 and
said that in all his years taking part he has never seen the games so well
organised.  This is a statement I have
heard repeated many times during the past few days and it is a true testament
to the hard work and dedication of the many organisers and volunteers that are
so far helping to make these games a resounding success.
As my time as a WPFG
volunteer comes sadly to an end I can say hand on heart that it has been an
amazing experience and one I feel very proud and privileged to have played a
part in.  Judging by the atmosphere down
at Titanic for the last two days we have certainly made these games one to
remember and I hope that our legacy of hosting the ‘friendliest games ever’
will live on.
So that’s it, back to the day
job tomorrow where I’m sure I will hear about all the exciting WPFG duties my
fellow Coca-Cola colleagues have been completing during their time as
volunteers.
Over and out . . .

Some Day 8 Action

Reliving Some day 8 Action

All friends after a hard fought rugby7s game between USA and Canada!

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Volleyball
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Rugby 7s make some noise at QUB DUB for WPFG

By Volunteer Rebecca McConnell
The sun was shining in South
Belfast today as rugby 7s action continued at Queens University’s DUB
playing fields. Twenty nine matches were being played on two different pitches
covering four leagues: men’s division 1, men’s division 2A and 2B and the
women’s league. Rugby 7s is played 7 minutes a side with 7 players on each
team.
Playing in the men’s division
1 were An Garda Siochana, British Police, British Prison, Paris Fire Brigade,
New Zealand Fire, Italian State Fire, Italian State and the local boys, PSNI.
Once again, the Haka was
performed by the New Zealand team each time they went out to play. It was quite
an intimidating performance and that was even before any ball was kicked!
Dame Mary Peters popped by to
watch some of the action as well as Kit Kong mascot of the official merchandise
sponsor Kukri. There were a lot of people watching with their kids and dogs and
everyone enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and exciting action.
Some OAPs were
trying to bribe some WPFG volunteers to go and bring them some coffees during
the mornings play, even offering to buy them a brew, but there were no takers!
There was a chorus of Italian
‘Happy Birthday’ sang to one of their players post match. Tamburri Gabriel
shares the same birthday as tennis ace Roger Federer, they both turned 32
today!
PSNI played three matches in
total. They won against British Prison (17 points to nil) but lost matches to
British Police and the Italian State . A member of the team said,
“Competition was stiff today, some great teams out there. PSNI acquitted
ourselves well and we will come back stronger for the next Games in
Fairfax.”
Some of the organisers of the
next WPFG in 2015 were also in attendance at The DUB today to see help them in
their preparations. Keith Houston, a firefighter in Fairfax has been attending
meetings and checking out various sports with his fellow committee members. 
“We’re having a great time in Belfast. We’ve been doing a lot of work,
sharing experiences and seeing what works well. We’re having dinner in City
Hall tonight so I am looking forward to that, it’s been hard going over the
past few days!”
I spoke with members of the
NYPD rugby team as they were warming up to play the Antwerp team in the
Division 2A. They were playing yesterday and beat the NYFD but suffered loses
to other teams. “The most important thing is we beat the fire department!
That’s all that matters. We’re having a fantastic time at the Games, the
traffic is much better here than in New York!”
In the afternoon, I took a
walk up to pitch 13 where the women’s rugby 7s tournament was being played. On
route, I passed by pitches where the WPFG Softball was being played. There was
something for everyone at the DUB today!
In action in the women’s
tournament were teams from An Garda Siochana, USA and two teams from Canada. I
did manage to find a local player, a member of the PSNI, but she was wearing a
Team USA shirt!
“It’s a funny story how
I got roped into playing here today. Basically, we don’t have enough players to
make a PSNI team but I play with Carrick and we wanted to have a friendly match
against one of the WPFG teams, so we set it up with the Americans. It was that
friendly, I don’t even remember the score, I don’t think we were that worried
about it to be honest, we were just getting on well and having a laugh.  When we were setting the match up, the
Americans needed another player for these Games and asked me would I step in.
It’s been great fun, the girls are super. Hopefully for the next Games, we can
pull together a team from the PSNI and the NIFRS and maybe double up with our
counterparts in the Republic for an all Ireland team.”
The Garda won all three of
their matches and go into tomorrow’s semi finals as the favourites. With an
Irish International player on their team, they will be hard to beat.
There is a lot to play for
tomorrow as the semis and finals of all the league tournaments will be played
on the Arena. Come along to QUB DUB playing fields, just beyond the House of
Sport, from 10am to see all the action!

Some day 7 action

Reliving some day 7 action

The Welsh Fire Service 7s team ready for action at Queen’s Sport Upper Malone!

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he Host from the Coast with the Spanish beach volleyball team playing today at East Strand Portrush!

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Final shift as a WPFG Volunteer

By Volunteer Michelle Harris
Today was my last shift as
part of the World Police and Fire Games Media Team. I was based in beautiful
Portrush which played host to the Volleyball event. There were four courts
along the beach so it was quite hard to cover all of them but from the matches,
I had a chance to see two Russian teams go head to head!
To them it may have
been more of a local derby! I was also able to watch Germany win 21-7 against
USA. There were large crowds from the very start of the event despite the
initial damp weather! The day was enjoyed by adults, children, dogs and
seagulls alike!
It’s hard to believe that the
World Police and Fire Games are almost over and my time volunteering is over.
It doesn’t feel that long ago since I signed up and had my interview! Through
my role in the Games I have gained more people skills which has also helped my
confidence. I have gained skills in working as part of a team and working with
people of different nationalities. I feel like I have been around the world
without leaving our wee country!
As one of the youngest volunteers in my team I
have learned a lot from the people I have encountered. It was interesting to
hear about other people’s backgrounds and their own experiences of the games.
It would be amazing if the
Games had a lasting legacy for Northern Ireland, promoting the importance of
sport, team work and comradeship. After talking to competitors and volunteers
from all around the world, it seems that Northern Ireland has succeeded in its
aim on delivering the ‘Friendliest Games Ever’. I am very proud of my country
because we have shown the world what we can do!
It’s been a blast and an
experience which I will never forget!