Bangor Aurora was a hive of activity during the weekend of the 2nd to 4th August, as it hosted the indoor swimming events of the World Police & Fire Games.
The international multi-sports event is held every 2 years and is open to serving and retired police, fire, prison and border security officers. The mission of the games is to create community interaction and awareness, educate children on the benefits of sport, and develop camaraderie between members of the emergency services from around the world.
Rubbing shoulders with the FBI and NYPD… Dublin Fire Brigade, PSNI, Garda Siochana, NI Fire & Rescue Service, NI Prison Service, and HMRC all fielded local Masters swimmers to great success in Ulster’s newest 50M venue.
Swimmers were grouped into heats as Seniors (18 to 39), Masters (40 to 49) and Grand Masters (50 and over) and took home a medal haul of 10 Gold, 5 Silver and 8 Bronze.
Stand-out performances came from Sinead Tyrrell (4:51.15 for the 400 Free in the 25-29 age-group), Tony Cruise (2:13.48 for the 200 Free in the 50-54 age-group) and Brian McLaughlin (4:53.27 for the 400 Free in the 45-49 age-group).
The open water event took place also in Bangor at Ballyholme Yacht Club on the 6th of August. Irish and Northern Irish athletes claimed a further 2 Gold, 3 Silver and 4 Bronze medals. Well done to all who took part!
Results are available online – http://www.2013wpfgfixturesandresults.com/results/swimmingFix.htm