Gold at Police and Fire Games

Gold at Police and Fire Games
This Irish Surfing Association teamed up with the Canoe Union Of Northern Ireland to host the Surf and Surf Kayak events recently.

This Irish Surfing Association teamed up with the Canoe Union Of Northern Ireland to host the Surf and Surf Kayak events recently.

The occasion was the World Police And Fire Games (WPFG) in Portrush. The Games ran in 41 venues throughout Northern Ireland from the 1st to 10th August.

The event is a biennial event for serving and retired police, fire, prison and border security officers.

WPFG is the third largest international multi-sport event in the world and will be the largest ever sporting event to take place in Northern Ireland with 56 sports, 7,000 competitors from over 60 countries are taking part.

The surfing contest got underway on Tuesday at West Strand, Portrush. With little or no surf forecast for the rest of the week, the management team decided to complete the medal events while the surf was up.

The event included 23 categories with Shortboard, Longboard, SUP, Bodyboard and Surf Kayak in various age groups run with competitors from Ireland, UK, Europe, US, Hawaii and Australia taking part. The official medal ceremony took place at East Strand following the last of the finals. It was no surprise when Paul Mc Carter (Garda Siochana), from Bundoran took the Gold Medal in the Bodyboard.

Paul, a former Irish Surf Team member with extensive national and international competitive experience was favourite to take gold in this event and did so in his stride. He dominated the final, scoring far above the other bodyboarders.

Shock Performance

However, it was his colleague, Claire Reilly (Garda Siochana), who provided the shock performance of the event. Claire, who is original from Rathlee in West Sligo and now living in Dublin, has been surfing and bodyboarding recreationally for many years.

Competing to two categories, the Women’s Bodyboard and Women’s Longboard, this was Claire’s first competitive surfing event.

A strong performance in the Bodyboard resulted in Gold for Claire but she followed this up with a win in the Longboard event to secure double gold at this prestigious World event.

Congratulations to all the medalists and competitors and thanks to our event management team and volunteers who hosted the event, CANI, Coleraine Borough Council and Sport NI.

Results

Men’s Surfing Winners

Age 18-29 Daniel Washington (NYFD)

Age 30-39 Joan Aurora Fernandez (Catalunya Fire Department)

Age 40-49 Andre Le Geyt (Jersey Airport Fire & Rescue)

Age 50+ Noel a. Myers (Melbourne Metro Fire)

Men’s Longboard

Age 18-29 Daniel Washington (NYFD)

Age 30-39 Joan Aurora Fernandez (Catalunya Fire Department)

Age 40-49 Andre Le Geyt (Jersey Airport Fire & Rescue)

Age 50+ John M Fountain (Suffolk Co. Police)

Men’s Bodyboard Winner

Age 30-39 Paul Mc Cater (Garda Siochana)

50+ James Rooney (NYFD

Men’s SUP

Age 18-29 Joshua C. Taylor (New Zealand Custom Service)

Age 40-49 Andre Le Geyt (Jersey Airport Fire & Rescue)

Age 50+ Neville G.Brown (New Zealand Custom Service)

Womens Surfing

Age 18-34 Kristien Fauconnier (Antwerp Fire Brigade)

Age 35+ Eva M. Grady (CA State Forestry Fire)

Womens Longboard

Age 18-34 Claire Reilly (Garda Siochana)

Womens Bodyboard

Age 18-34 Claire Reilly (Garda Siochana)

Womens SUP

Age 35+ Nicola Taylor (New Zealand Custom Service)

Mens Long Surf Kayak

Age 30-39 Marton Bauer (Budapest Fire Brigade)

Age 40-49 Duncan Stitfold (Northern Territory)

Age 50+ Javier Guridi Canales (Santander Fire Department)

Mens Short Kayak

Age 30-39 Andrew S Hamilton (UK Transport Police)

Age 40-49 Duncan Stitfold (Northern Territory)

Age 50+ Geoffrey Baird (PSNI)