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Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games start in Melbourne tomorrow

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17 Apr 2014
Thousands of people are expected to attend tomorrow's Opening Ceremony parade in the city.

Melbourne will this month play host to the 2014 Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games which has attracted 3200 budding and experienced sports men and women from across the Australia and the Pacific region.

More than 750 current and former Victoria Police members will challenge their emergency services colleagues from across Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea.

The Toughest Competitor Alive event will be the first of about 50 different sports which are taking place between 19 and 24 April with track and field, netball and soccer among the most popular events with competitors.

Deputy Commissioner Tim Cartwright, Chair of the Melbourne 2014 Games Organising Committee, said the games were an iconic event for Melbourne and it was great to have them back in Melbourne for the first time since 1999.

"I am proud to welcome the games back to Melbourne where they had their foundations and trust that the competitors, volunteers and officials will enjoy all that this wonderful city has to offer," he said.

Inspector Danny Bodycoat, Melbourne 2014 Games Manager, said this year’s games were a great opportunity for police to step away from the grind of the front line and enjoy the company of colleagues from both interstate and overseas.

"As well as uniting Australasian police and emergency services, it allows us to support the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal with competitors able to donate part of their registration fee to the cause," he said.

The games will be officially launched on Good Friday by Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, along with Premier of Victoria, Dr Dennis Napthine, Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells and Chief Commissioner Ken Lay. The opening ceremony and competitors’ parade will kick off from 3pm at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre in conjunction with The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal and the community is welcome to attend.

Emergency services vehicles will be on display during the ceremony for the kids to look at and there will be a chance to chat with emergency services members.

The Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games will run from 19 to 24 April. For further information please visit www.apandesgames.com.au.

 

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