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A world of smiles and night of celebration as Police and Fire Games blast off

Joyful ceremony raises curtain on 10 days of sport

Published 02/08/2013 | 08:00

Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 

2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast.

Exploration featuring the Inishowen Carnival, Spraoi Carnival, Mefiesto Penny Farthing and T13.

Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Exploration featuring the Inishowen Carnival, Spraoi Carnival, Mefiesto Penny Farthing and T13. Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Exploration featuring the Inishowen Carnival, Spraoi Carnival, Mefiesto Penny Farthing and T13. Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Exploration featuring the Inishowen Carnival, Spraoi Carnival, Mefiesto Penny Farthing and T13. Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Exploration featuring the Inishowen Carnival, Spraoi Carnival, Mefiesto Penny Farthing and T13. Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Northern Ireland- 1st August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Mexico enter the arena.
Northern Ireland- 1st August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. USA enter the arena.
Northern Ireland- 1st August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Mexico enter the arena.
Northern Ireland- 1st August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Mexico enter the arena.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland ?- 1st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Collective of Country flags and athletes enters the arena Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland ?- 1st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Collective of Country flags and athletes enters the arena Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland ?- 1st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Collective of Country flags and athletes enters the arena Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Pacemaker Press 1/8/2013 Fans during the opening ceremony of The World Police and Fire games at The King's Hall in Belfast Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Collective of Country flags and athletes enters the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Pacemaker Press 1/8/2013 Team Ireland come in tho the arena during the opening ceremony of The World Police and Fire games at The King's Hall in Belfast Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 1/8/2013 Team Ireland come in tho the arena during the opening ceremony of The World Police and Fire games at The King's Hall in Belfast Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 1/8/2013 Team Ireland come in tho the arena during the opening ceremony of The World Police and Fire games at The King's Hall in Belfast Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 1/8/2013 Country flags come in tho the arena during the opening ceremony of The World Police and Fire games at The King's Hall in Belfast Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 1/8/2013 Team Northern Ireland come in tho the arena during the opening ceremony of The World Police and Fire games at The King's Hall in Belfast Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 1/8/2013 Team Italy come in tho the arena during the opening ceremony of The World Police and Fire games at The King's Hall in Belfast Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 1/8/2013 Team Italy come in tho the arena during the opening ceremony of The World Police and Fire games at The King's Hall in Belfast Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 1/8/2013 Team Italy come in tho the arena during the opening ceremony of The World Police and Fire games at The King's Hall in Belfast Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 1/8/2013 Country flags come in tho the arena during the opening ceremony of The World Police and Fire games at The King's Hall in Belfast Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 1/8/2013 Team Ireland come in tho the arena during the opening ceremony of The World Police and Fire games at The King's Hall in Belfast Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Northern Ireland- 1st August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Trinidad and Tobago enter the arena.
Northern Ireland- 1st August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Trinidad and Tobago enter the arena.
Northern Ireland- 1st August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Competitors take their seats in arena.
Northern Ireland- 1st August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Competitors take their seats in arena.
Northern Ireland- 1st August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Mark Page from England, who will be playing darts, with his four-month-old daughter Billie enter the arena.
Northern Ireland- 1st August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. England enter the arena.
Northern Ireland- 1st August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Norway enter the arena.
Northern Ireland- 1st August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. USA enter the arena.
Northern Ireland- 1st August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Flags of each country taking part enter the arena.
Northern Ireland- 1st August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. USA enter the arena.
Northern Ireland- 1st August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Flags of each country taking part enter the arena.
Northern Ireland- 1st August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Mexico enter the arena.
Northern Ireland- 1st August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Mexico enter the arena.
Northern Ireland- 1st August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Mexico enter the arena.
Northern Ireland- 1st August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Mexico enter the arena.
Northern Ireland- 1st August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Mexico enter the arena.
Northern Ireland- 1st August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Mexico enter the arena.
Northern Ireland- 1st August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Canadian soccer players toast the start of the games in the arena.
Northern Ireland- 1st August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Flags of each country taking part enter the arena.
Northern Ireland- 1st August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Volunteers form the NOW Project who carried flags into the arena pictured before the event.
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Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness gives the first welcome speech at the Opening Ceremony Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. First Minister Peter Robinson gives the first welcome speech at the Opening Ceremony Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. First Minister Peter Robinson as the athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 01st August 2013 2013 World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall Complex Belfast. Athletes enter the arena Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye
Dame Mary Peters dons the mascot's uniform to surprise athletes at the registration of the World Police and Fire Games
First and Deputy First Minister Peter Robinson (holding cymbals) jokes with Martin McGuinness at City Hall, Belfast, during a photocall to reveal details of the 2013 World Police and Fire Games, which begin on 1st August 2013. Picture date: Thursday July 4, 2013
Dancer Jade Rodgers 21, with a Chinese dragon at City Hall, Belfast, during a photocall to reveal details of the 2013 World Police and Fire Games, which begin on 1st August 201
Ice Hockey team captains Johannes Kjartansson, Reykjavik Ice Falcons and Paul Morgan, UK Firefighters square up before the first face off and first sporting event of the 2013 World Police and Fire Games.
August 2011: Stormont reception for World Police and Fire Games athletes Sports Minister Caril Ni Chuilin welcomed athletes and officials (present and retired) from the PSNI, Prison Service and Fire and Rescue Service to Stormont ahead of their trip to New York to compete in 2011 World Police and Fire Games (WPFG).
Dame Mary Peters dons the mascots uniform to surprise athletes at the registration of the World Police and Fire Games
Musicians at the King's Hall Belfast during final preparations for the World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony.
Northern Ireland Tridents ice hockey team train at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast ahead of the World Police and Fire Games
Dancers at the King' Hall Belfast during final preparations for the World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony.
John Tully Chief Executive 2013 WPFG at the King's Hall Belfast during final preparations for the World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony.
Musicians at the King's Hall Belfast during final preparations for the World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony.
General view at the King's Hall Belfast during final preparations for the World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony.
Dancers at the King's Hall Belfast during final preparations for the World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony.
Canadian Ice Hockey team the Toronto Courts have won the first gold medal in the 2013 World Police and Fire Games following a close run match with North America Blue who took silver in the novice category. The South West Finland Emergency Service Team were awarded the bronze medal. The NI Tridents in their first major competitive outing were delighted with a victory over the UK Firefighters and were well supported by the 15,000 spectators who have passed through the turnstiles since the Ice Hockey Tournament began.
Canadian Ice Hockey team the Toronto Courts have won the first gold medal in the 2013 World Police and Fire Games following a close run match with North America Blue who took silver in the novice category. The South West Finland Emergency Service Team were awarded the bronze medal. The NI Tridents in their first major competitive outing were delighted with a victory over the UK Firefighters and were well supported by the 15,000 spectators who have passed through the turnstiles since the Ice Hockey Tournament began.
Canadian Ice Hockey team the Toronto Courts have won the first gold medal in the 2013 World Police and Fire Games following a close run match with North America Blue who took silver in the novice category. The South West Finland Emergency Service Team were awarded the bronze medal. The NI Tridents in their first major competitive outing were delighted with a victory over the UK Firefighters and were well supported by the 15,000 spectators who have passed through the turnstiles since the Ice Hockey Tournament began.
Canadian Ice Hockey team the Toronto Courts have won the first gold medal in the 2013 World Police and Fire Games following a close run match with North America Blue who took silver in the novice category. The South West Finland Emergency Service Team were awarded the bronze medal. The NI Tridents in their first major competitive outing were delighted with a victory over the UK Firefighters and were well supported by the 15,000 spectators who have passed through the turnstiles since the Ice Hockey Tournament began.
Canadian Ice Hockey team the Toronto Courts have won the first gold medal in the 2013 World Police and Fire Games following a close run match with North America Blue who took silver in the novice category. The South West Finland Emergency Service Team were awarded the bronze medal. The NI Tridents in their first major competitive outing were delighted with a victory over the UK Firefighters and were well supported by the 15,000 spectators who have passed through the turnstiles since the Ice Hockey Tournament began.
Canadian Ice Hockey team the Toronto Courts have won the first gold medal in the 2013 World Police and Fire Games following a close run match with North America Blue who took silver in the novice category. The South West Finland Emergency Service Team were awarded the bronze medal. The NI Tridents in their first major competitive outing were delighted with a victory over the UK Firefighters and were well supported by the 15,000 spectators who have passed through the turnstiles since the Ice Hockey Tournament began.
Canadian Ice Hockey team the Toronto Courts have won the first gold medal in the 2013 World Police and Fire Games following a close run match with North America Blue who took silver in the novice category. The South West Finland Emergency Service Team were awarded the bronze medal. The NI Tridents in their first major competitive outing were delighted with a victory over the UK Firefighters and were well supported by the 15,000 spectators who have passed through the turnstiles since the Ice Hockey Tournament began.
Canadian Ice Hockey team the Toronto Courts have won the first gold medal in the 2013 World Police and Fire Games following a close run match with North America Blue who took silver in the novice category. The South West Finland Emergency Service Team were awarded the bronze medal. The NI Tridents in their first major competitive outing were delighted with a victory over the UK Firefighters and were well supported by the 15,000 spectators who have passed through the turnstiles since the Ice Hockey Tournament began.
Canadian Ice Hockey team the Toronto Courts have won the first gold medal in the 2013 World Police and Fire Games following a close run match with North America Blue who took silver in the novice category. The South West Finland Emergency Service Team were awarded the bronze medal. The NI Tridents in their first major competitive outing were delighted with a victory over the UK Firefighters and were well supported by the 15,000 spectators who have passed through the turnstiles since the Ice Hockey Tournament began.
Sports Minister Carl N Chuiln welcomes the arrival of teams from around the world for the World Police and Fire Games Ice Hockey tournament.
Canadian Ice Hockey team the Toronto Courts have won the first gold medal in the 2013 World Police and Fire Games following a close run match with North America Blue who took silver in the novice category. The South West Finland Emergency Service Team were awarded the bronze medal. The NI Tridents in their first major competitive outing were delighted with a victory over the UK Firefighters and were well supported by the 15,000 spectators who have passed through the turnstiles since the Ice Hockey Tournament began.
Volley-ball games at East Strand beach in Portrush, Co-Antrim
Sports Minister Carl N Chuiln welcomes the arrival of teams from around the world for the World Police and Fire Games Ice Hockey tournament.
Andrey Naumov and Egor Iakovlev
Glyn O'Brien pictured onboard his downhill mountain bike as he gets some last minute practice in ahead of Sunday's World Police and Fire games downhill race.
Glyn O'Brien pictured onboard his downhill mountain bike as he gets some last minute practice in ahead of Sunday's World Police and Fire games downhill race.
Glyn O'Brien pictured onboard his downhill mountain bike as he gets some last minute practice in ahead of Sunday's World Police and Fire games downhill race.
Health Minister Edwin Poots and Lynn OHara 2013 WPFG receive the mobile defibrillators from Andy McClernon, HeartSine International Product Manager. Also in the picture are 2013 World Police and Fire Games Young Ambassadors Gayle McCoubrey and Ross McIvor from Antrim Grammar School.
Volley-ball games at East Strand beach in Portrush, Co-Antrim
Boston and Finland teams pictured at the Odyssey arena at the World Police and Fire Games ice-hockey tournament.
Jimmy Mahonney and Joe Covina pictured at the Odyssey arena at the World Police and Fire Games ice-hockey tournament.
Joe Covina and Jimmy Mahonney pictured at the Odyssey arena at the World Police and Fire Games ice-hockey tournament.
North America Blue team members (l-r) Matt McKee, Chris Niezuvzwski, captain Brian Sjostedt, Mike Legros, Steve Mapes and Richard Mitchell pictured at the Odyssey arena at the World Police and Fire Games ice-hockey tournament.
William Hubbard from the Boston team pictured at the Odyssey arena at the World Police and Fire Games ice-hockey tournament.
Canadian Ice Hockey team the Toronto Courts have won the first gold medal in the 2013 World Police and Fire Games following a close run match with North America Blue who took silver in the novice category. The South West Finland Emergency Service Team were awarded the bronze medal. The NI Tridents in their first major competitive outing were delighted with a victory over the UK Firefighters and were well supported by the 15,000 spectators who have passed through the turnstiles
Canadian Ice Hockey team the Toronto Courts have won the first gold medal in the 2013 World Police and Fire Games following a close run match with North America Blue who took silver in the novice category. The South West Finland Emergency Service Team were awarded the bronze medal. The NI Tridents in their first major competitive outing were delighted with a victory over the UK Firefighters and were well supported by the 15,000 spectators who have passed through the turnstiles
First Minister, Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness joined WPFG Chair, PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie and Lord Mayor of Belfast, Cllr Martin O Muilleoir to launch public tickets for the World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremony on Thursday 1st August.
(Left - right) Olivia McCaffrey, aged 6, Rory Thompson, aged 5, and Jordan Gill, aged 6, from Hazelwood Integrated Primary School, help launch the World Police and Fire Games Schools Roadshow in Belfast
A team of fire fighters from the George Best Belfast City Airport Fire Service are putting in their final hours of training before the 2013 World Police and Fire Games kick off in Belfast.
Volley-ball games at East Strand beach in Portrush
Dame Mary Peters removes her mascot's uniform. Athletes are visibly stunned.

The third largest international multi-sport event in the world has been declared officially open at a spectacular ceremony in Belfast.

The 2013 World Police and Fire Games opening ceremony at the King's Hall complex drew a crowd of around 14,000 people, including 7,000 competitors from all over the globe.

Presenters Ralph McLean and Lynette Fay hosted the Dare to Dream outdoor event, which began with the host of participating country flags entering the arena and a performance from the MT4Uth alumni choir, including Niamh Perry, Jayne Wisener and Rhiannon Chesterman.

The excited crowd then cheered and clapped the athletes parade, which started with the USA, the last Games host, and finished with Northern Ireland, who got the biggest cheer of the night.

The WPFG flag was carried into the arena by the four local services – police, fire, prison and customs – before First Minister Peter Robinson gave a speech saying the games represented "a new era for Northern Ireland moving forward to a shared future". He paid tribute to the men and women of the services at the WPFG, which involves 56 sports across 42 venues up until August 10.

"Services that make it a better and safer place for communities to live in," he added.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness offered the crowd a big "cead mile failte" and commented on the importance of our peace process around the world.

Speeches were also given by the games chair and deputy chair, PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie and by NIFRS Deputy Fire Officer Dale Ashford.

Olympic champion Dame Mary Peters lit the games cauldron, while WPFG president Mike Graham declared the games officially open.

Dame Mary told the Belfast Telegraph it was wonderful to be part of such a special occasion.

"Being part of taking the oath and lighting the cauldron was very, very special. Now we've got 10 days of sport to enjoy and we hope the public knowing that it's free to attend any of the events, will give it support and show our typical friendship to visitors from all over the world," she said.

As part of a thrilling night of entertainment, singer Brian Kennedy performed You Raise Me Up followed by Life, Love And Happiness, and The Voice winner Andrea Begley sang Angel, Songbird and Ho, Hey to close the ceremony.

Belfast Lord Mayor Mairtin O Muilleoir said the "colour, vitality and smiles" of the teams was just the boost the city needed.

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