Faces light up as games count­down be­gins

Southern Telegraph - - Front Page - Gareth McKnight

The count­down has started for the 17th Aus­tralasian Police and Emer­gency Ser­vices Games to be held in Man­durah next year, with the games torch lit last week­end.

The event, held ev­ery two years, will take place Oc­to­ber 28Novem­ber 3 in the Peel re­gion.

The games torch was lit at a spe­cial launch event last Satur­day to mark one year from the start of the event.

Man­durah Mayor Rhys Wil­liams joined WA Police Force Com­mis­sioner Chris Daw­son, Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Com­mis­sioner Dar­ren Klemm and St John Am­bu­lance chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Ah­ern at the launch.

The bi­en­nial games is a multi-sport event open to serv­ing and re­tired per­son­nel from all police and emer­gency ser­vice agen­cies through­out Aus­trala­sia.

WA Police Force deputy com­mis­sioner and West­ern Australia Police Sports Federation chair­man Stephen Brown wel­comed all emer­gency ser­vice agen­cies to take part.

“These are ex­tra­or­di­nary games for ex­tra­or­di­nary peo­ple and we are ex­pect­ing 3000 com­peti­tors across 115 el­i­gi­ble agen­cies from 10 coun­tries,” he said. “From a par­tic­i­pant’s point of view, the games pro­vide a great op­por­tu­nity for in­ter-agency col­lab­o­ra­tion, com­pe­ti­tion and ca­ma­raderie.”

Mayor Wil­liams said the event was a pos­i­tive date in the Man­durah cal­en­dar.

“The City of Man­durah is very proud to be the host city of the games in 2018,” he said.

“We are re­ally ex­cited that this event pro­vides a great op­por­tu­nity to show­case the best of the Peel re­gion to thou­sands of ath­letes and spec­ta­tors from across Aus­trala­sia.”

Early-bird reg­is­tra­tion is now open for all el­i­gi­ble com­peti­tors across more than 50 sports at www.apan­des­games.com.au.

Man­durah police Se­nior Con­sta­ble Chris Miller re­ceives the torch from St John Am­bu­lance para­medic Bruce Fraser.

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