Cop’s golden ef­fort

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News - Con­sta­ble Sarah Nor­man won six gold medals at the Aus­tralasian Po­lice and Emer­gency Ser­vices Games.

Of­fend­ers in Mar­garet River are now of­fi­cially on no­tice that they can’t hide and they cer­tainly can’t run from the law.

Con­sta­ble Sarah Nor­man made it of­fi­cial ear­lier this month, with the keen triath­lete bring­ing back a swag of medals from the Aus­tralasian Po­lice and Emer­gency Ser­vices Games.

More than 4000 com­peti­tors flooded Man­durah at the end of Oc­to­ber for the an­nual games which pit emer­gency work­ers against the best and fittest across Aus­trala­sia.

The eight-year vet­eran cop­per won six gold medals, lead­ing the field in her event of choice, the triathlon, as well as the cross­coun­try run, half-marathon, aquathlon, 500m open-wa­ter swim, and a cy­cling time trial.

Const. Nor­man told the Times she was also com­pet­ing at this week­end’s Bus­sel­ton Half Iron­man. The Hert­ford­shire, UK lo­cal was posted to Mar­garet River in July in her lat­est gig with WA Po­lice and said she was lov­ing the move.

Train­ing for triathlon gave her the chance to take in some of the re­gion’s best scenery, whether by bike, on her feet, or swim­ming at lo­cal beaches. “I love it,” she said. “I train about 15 hours per week for it. My favourite is that run out to the coast from town along Wall­cliffe Road.”

The self-con­fessed fit­ness fa­natic said her speed and en­durance were a big help on the beat.

“If we are chas­ing any­one, I’ll do it, but if it’s a fight I’ll get one of the guys,” she said. The games raised money for char­ity part­ner be­yond­blue, which is build­ing a pro­gram di­rectly aimed at the men­tal health of po­lice and emer­gency ser­vices per­son­nel in Aus­tralia.

WA Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Chris Daw­son said the fundrais­ing ef­fort was sig­nif­i­cant as aware­ness con­tin­ued be­ing built around those in the field suf­fer­ing from men­tal ill­ness or post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der.

“These games are about ca­ma­raderie and team­work,” he said.

“Skills which are needed for all emer­gency ser­vices.”

Pic­ture: War­ren Hately

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