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Sunday 23 November 2014

High spirits as Police and Fire athletes savour the atmosphere in Belfast

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.

IT was a night full of excitement for the competitors at the World Police and Fire Games opening ceremony.

Thousands of athletes from all over the world gathered to witness the end product of many months of preparation at the King's Hall in Belfast.

The pre-show entertainment got the crowd in high spirits and even the sun made a welcome appearance.

Police, prison and fire service workers from far and wide were meeting and greeting each other with eager anticipation as to what was in store for the night and the rest of the games.

Kelly Lavington from Australia told the Belfast Telegraph: "We've had a wonderful time so far and everyone has been really friendly and helpful."

The 44-year-old added: "I know quite a few of the Northern Ireland athletes, so now that I'm here I can feel the excitement."

For many, the opening ceremony is the highlight of the games.

Michael Renslad from Germany said: "I'm really excited, I have waited for months to see the show."

Canada's Marion Frechette said: "This is my fourth games and for me the opening ceremony is always the biggest event of the week.

"It is where we meet everybody from all the other countries and it's really good fun."

Two years ago the opening ceremony was held in New York, and team USA were keen to see what Northern Ireland had to offer them.

Californian police officer Daman Tucker said: "With the opening ceremony we are always curious about the entertainment."

Firefighter Jaymes Butler added: "It's a lot of fun, we've gone to just about every games since 1997 so we like to see what other countries have to offer.

"They usually put on a good show."

The games are branded as the friendliest games in the world and it seems that Northern Ireland is doing well in fulfiling this image.

Police officer Wendell Cunningham from Washington DC said: "It's my first time in the games but people are so friendly here.

"I was on the bus the other day and people were tapping me on the shoulder telling me what stop I should get off at."

Prison officer Adam Ledner from Wales said: "This time it really is the friendliest games."

All eyes were on team Northern Ireland as they made their entrance.

PSNI team member Tony Allen said: "It's the first time I've done this – I'm very proud."

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