In pictures and video: World Police and Fire Games 2013
Team USA may be dominating the 2013 World Police and Fire Games at the end of Day 8 with an unbeatable 282 medals.
But Northern Ireland's police officers and fire fighters are doing us proud with a respectable 10th place on the league table - ahead of 66 countries including Brazil, Mexico and France.
A thrilling day of sport on Thursday brought to a climax many of the Games' events and saw Team NI raise their medal tally to 29 Gold, 30 Silver and 25 Bronze.
Fire fighter Gerry Murphy from Enniskillen has won an outstanding seven Gold medals in Kayaking and Indoor Rowing; a Silver in Indoor Rowing Men’s Heavyweight Doubles and a Bronze in Surf Kayaking. He also broke the WPFG Games record in Indoor Rowing Men’s Lightweight by 0.7 seconds.
More WPFG records were broken by NIFRS athletes Robbie Neil and Ross McClean when they won Silver in the Indoor Rowing Team Sprint.
The PSNI's Deputy Chief Constable and the 2013 WPFG Chair, Judith Gillespie, competed in the Indoor Rowing event today at Waterfront Hall.
Boxing has attracted huge crowds with all tickets allocated for Friday’s finals night in the Ulster Hall. Fire fighter Chris Cunningham has won Bronze in the 81k category.
In Rugby 7s it was third time lucky and sweet revenge for the PSNI Open side, who beat the British Prison Service 17-0 today following defeats by the same team in the Vancouver and New York Games.
Meanwhile PSNI won Gold in Lawn Bowls Pairs, and Team NI flexed their bows to medal advantage winning 2 Gold and 2 Bronze in the Archery event.
In Rifle Large Bore at Ballykinler, Team NI picked up one Gold, three Silver and a Bronze. In his pursuit of the Gold, NI Prison Officer, Gary Clarke, achieved the highest score of the competition, 220 19, in the Master Division in Standard Rifle.
The NI Pool Association has done WPFG proud with a purpose-built pool arena at Newforge Country Club. In Straight Pool a PSNI competitor is into the last eight with final rounds including competitors from Canada, Singapore, Ireland and Belgium. Friday sees the start of the Black Ball competition.
In front of a capacity crowd at Queen’s, Upper Malone, the Garda team beat a very gutsy NIFRS team to take Gold in the Gaelic Football Men’s Open Final. Score – Garda 4:21; NIFRS 2:10. Cavan/Monaghan Garda beat PSNI to win the Bronze medal.
In Tennis, Hong Kong players are proving hard to beat but in the true spirit of the Games a PSNI officer paired with a Hawaiian fire fighter to win Gold in the Ladies 50+ Doubles.
And the “Love” Games have now delivered marriage proposal number four! Hong Kong Police Officer, Emmanuel Chan, received a Silver medal in Indoor Rowing at the Waterfront Hall and put his plan of six months into operation by proposing to his girlfriend Gigi Fong, a social worker also from Hong Kong.
Thursday night will see Belfast City Hall’s iconic dome become a flashing blue and red siren from 8pm in celebration of the Games.
Then Friday, the penultimate day of the Games, brings the fast-paced sport of Dodgeball to Queen's PEC.
Large crowds are expected at the finals of the Rugby 7s at Queen’s Sport, Ice Hockey at the Odyssey and Boxing in the Ulster Hall.
Meanwhile Table Tennis begins and the one-day long distance Orienteering event takes place in Tollymore National Outdoor Centre. Wrist Wrestling will also add a competitive edge to the Athletes’ Village.
Belfast Telegraph Digital