Golden games for am­bu­lance of­fi­cer

Myrtleford Times - - Classifieds -

SUC­CESS­FUL: Ta­wonga’s Ta­nia Northey shows off her medals from the Vic­to­rian Po­lice and Emer­gency Ser­vices Games.

A COM­MU­NITY am­bu­lance of­fi­cer with Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria has brought home a host of medals from the Vic­to­rian Po­lice and Emer­gency Ser­vices Games in Mel­bourne.

Ta­nia Northey has swum for fit­ness and plea­sure for many years but this year she de­cided to try her luck at the games which are open to emer­gency ser­vices per­son­nel from 22 dif­fer­ent agen­cies from across the state.

Northey col­lected four gold and three sil­ver medals in swim­ming which was one of 60 dif­fer­ent sports of­fered at the games last month.

“Be­cause I love swim­ming, and be­cause Mt Beauty has one of the best swim­ming fa­cil­i­ties in the North East, I de­cided to put my train­ing to the test and give it a go,” she said.

“I had no idea how well I would do, I have not done com­pet­i­tive swim­ming for many years.

“I love my early morn­ing lap swim­ming at Mt Beauty, and I am grate­ful for the en­cour­age­ment I re­ceive from Wendy and Luise, my train­ing bud­dies.”

Northey said that she thought the games were an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity that many ath­letes in the Up­per Kiewa could take up.

“Ian Ross, who is a Mt Beauty para­medic, plays hockey, but it would be won­der­ful if more got in­volved,” she said.

“We have paramedics, po­lice, CFA, DELWP, Parks Vic­to­ria, the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice and SES who are ath­letes of dif­fer­ent sorts and could com­pete.

“You don’t have to be a star, just will­ing to have a go.”

Northey said she hopes to at­tend next year’s games where she will face a new chal­lenge.

“By the next games I will have gone up an age group, so I will be in­ter­ested to see how I go there,” she said.

Bright’s Travis Ap­ple­garth, a sum­mer crew mem­ber with For­est Fire Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria, also com­peted at the games and won the scratch in the men’s golf.

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