Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Think the World Police and Fire Games are all about men in uniform? Say hello to the Brazilian beach volleyball team!

Brazil versus Spain during the World Police and Fire Games' Beach Volleyball event at Portrush's East Strand. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker
Brazil versus Spain during the World Police and Fire Games' Beach Volleyball event at Portrush's East Strand. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker
Volleyball action from the Brazil ladies Police at World Police and Fire games at Portrush. Picture by Mark Jamieson
Volleyball action from the Brazil ladies Police at World Police and Fire games at Portrush. Picture by Mark Jamieson
Ana Ferreira and Jane Silva of Brazil query a point with referee at the World Police and Fire Games Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Ana Ferreira and Jane Silva of Brazil query a point with referee at the World Police and Fire Games Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture Margaret McLaughlin

If you thought the World Police and Fire Games were all about buff firemen showing off their muscle power, think again.

In Portrush on Wednesday, crowds flocked to the East Strand to catch some of the action in the Ladies Beach Volleyball.

And while a rule change for the 2012 London Olympics marked a new era of allowing players to "cover up" with shorts and sleeved tops, the Brazilian ladies stuck to the uniform of their national team.

Donning much skimpier bikinis than their rivals, the South Americans were lucky the north coast had some sunshine rather than the bitter cold winds the locals are accustomed to.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service put up a rookie team with huge local support, but they were no match for the more experienced teams from Brazil, Russia, USA, Ukraine, Germany and Spain.

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