Golden games for ambulance officer
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.