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Minister tackles team sports at World Police and Fire Games

Stormont press release - Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín watched the rugby sevens and presented medals to Gaelic Football teams at the World Police and Fire Games today.

Taking in events at the Queen’s University playing fields, the Minister saw international squads battling it out for the rugby honours.

The Minister said: “Rugby is one of the most popular international sports at the Games, as sides from as far afield as New York and New Zealand, from Nigeria to New South Wales, fight it out for medals. The teams from across the globe join competitors closer to home in a contest which reflects the international nature of the competition.

“Also, across touch rugby and rugby sevens, we see how inclusive this sport is with a range of age groups across men’s, women’s and mixed teams.”

The Minister also presented medals to the winning teams from the Gaelic Football events.

The Minister said: “With more of a national flavour, the Gaelic Football has nevertheless been hotly contested as local rivalries were played out on the field. I congratulate the winners, but commend everyone who has taken part and made this such a memorable event.”

The Minister added: “The Rugby and Gaelic Football are two out of a range of events which have been held at the Queen’s University Playing Fields. During the Games we have seen this superb facility, in common with all the venues, provide the perfect location for such a significant sporting occasion.

“Feedback from competitors has been overwhelmingly positive, and it illustrates the facilities we have in our midst, which have been enjoyed by athletes and spectators alike.”

The Minister also attended the Host Appreciation Dinner in Belfast City Hall. This event, which is organised by the World Police and Fire Games Federation, includes invited guests and representatives from future host cities.

The minister said: “Since the Games began, there has been a real feel-good factor across Belfast and beyond. Thousands of visitors have come to compete, but in doing so brought an economic boost for local businesses. Our volunteers have set the tone of these, the friendliest games. Add in local people have turned up in huge numbers to spectate and support the teams. Together it has created something truly unique.”

Notes to editors:

1. The World Police and Fire Games runs from 1-10 August, and more details can be found here:

2. Press Eye are the official WPFG l photographers and images can be downloaded free of charge from 1-10 August. Go to, use event key WPFG2013 and download images using arrow on each photo.

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