Faces light up as games countdown begins
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.