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World Police and Fire Games opening ceremony takes place

Thousands of athletes from around the world have descended on Belfast

Published 01/08/2013

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.

Uniforms from around the globe were woven together tonight as the World Police and Fire Games opened in Belfast.

Forces from Australia to the United Arab Emirates and China paraded during a glitzy and noisy celebration in Belfast.

The Melbourne Fire Service and Victoria State Police bore plastic kangaroos and threw a beach ball around while downing Guinness. The French carried "Superman" and the Irish danced into a 16,000-capacity arena.

The Northern Irish proudly paraded to the tunes of Van Morrison while the strains of Bruce Springsteen accompanied the Americans and the Brazilians blew canary yellow samba horns.

Police Service of Northern Ireland Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie said: "Our uniforms are a different colour but they are woven from the same cloth and the threads of service, commitment, professionalism, integrity, courage and compassion bind us all together, so whatever your service and country you are here in support of friendship and I am so proud that you have chosen to share it with us."

Around 7,000 competitors from 67 countries are taking part.

The opening ceremony show featured symbols of polar exploration, the Endurance boat mired on ice was pulled along by bedraggled waifs, as well as man's early flight. Northern Irish people contributed during the pioneering days of exploration and aviation.

Security has been tight but organisers expect a peaceful games on the back of a successful G8 summit earlier this summer.

Marcus May, a corporal in the Hammond police department in Indiana, was born in Ireland and will be taking part in the shotgun competition for his first games.

"It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come and I am looking forward to it," he said.

"I am proud to represent the US but I am humbled by the fact that it is here in Ireland and I can represent Ireland also."

He said he hoped to win a medal.

"I am going to keep my focus and above all have fun," he added.

Levy Aharon, a policeman in Jerusalem, is competing in indoor rowing and cross-country running.

He won a bronze medal in the games in 2003 in Barcelona.

"It is very green here, relative to Israel, and quite nice," he said.

First Minister Peter Robinson said: "These games will allow us to focus on those who are the finest and the bravest. I salute you all."

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said the event would have been unimaginable 15 years ago and sent a signal to other countries trying to end conflict.

"This is a country very much at peace; this is a country looking to the future."

He added "The world is united for the 2013 World Police and Fire Games."

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