Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 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
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 Mark Jamieson
Edijaine Silva from Brazil at the World Police and Fire Games Ladies Beach Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
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
Kim Nernberg from USA at the World Police and Fire Games Ladies Beach Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Ana Ferreira and Jane Silva hug after their win for Brazil - in the World Police and Fire Games Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Ana Ferreira and Jane Silva hug after their win for Brazil - in the World Police and Fire Games Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Jane Silva of Brazil at the World Police and Fire Games Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Silvia Gumbert, Isabel Cambronero and Veronica Faura for Spain at the World Police and Fire Games Ladies Beach Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Germany v Brazil. German competitors at the World Police and Fire Games Ladies Beach Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Silvia Gumbert and Veronica Faura for Spain at the World Police and Fire Games Ladies Beach Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Silvia Gumbert from Spain at the World Police and Fire Games Ladies Beach Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Brazil v Canada at the World Police and Fire Games Ladies Beach Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Finland v Brazil at the World Police and Fire Games Ladies Beach Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Edijaine Silva from Brazil at the World Police and Fire Games Ladies Beach Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Isabel Cambronero from Spain at the World Police and Fire Games Ladies Beach Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Brazil v Canada at the World Police and Fire Games Ladies Beach Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Nadja Kopke from Germany at the World Police and Fire Games Ladies Beach Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Finland v Brazil. Finnish competitors celebrate at the World Police and Fire Games Ladies Beach Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Finland v Brazil. Finnish competitors celebrate at the World Police and Fire Games Ladies Beach Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
A volunteer prepares the sand at the World Police and Fire Games Ladies Beach Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Margaret Stewart and Kim Nernberg from USA at the World Police and Fire Games Ladies Beach Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
USA v Germany. The umpire at the World Police and Fire Games Ladies Beach Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
USA v Germany at the World Police and Fire Games Ladies Beach Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Brazil v Canada at the World Police and Fire Games Ladies Beach Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Jane Silva in action for Brazil - in the World Police and Fire Games Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Germany v Brazil. Brazilian competitors at the World Police and Fire Games Ladies Beach Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Ana Ferreira of Brazil at the World Police and Fire Games Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Ana Ferreira and Jane Silva hug after their win for Brazil at the World Police and Fire Games Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Ana Ferreira of Brazil at the World Police and Fire Games Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Ana Ferreira and Jane Silva hug after their win for Brazil at the World Police and Fire Games Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
The World Police and Fire Games Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush on Wednesday. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Brazilian competitors hug after their match at the World Police and Fire Games Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush on Wednesday. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Ana Ferreira and Jane Silva in action for Brazil - in the World Police and Fire Games Volleyball at East Strand, Portrush. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Brazilian compeditors hug after their match 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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