Belfast Telegraph

Organisers prepared for ‘Super’ weekend

By Steven Beacom

 Organisers of the World Police and Fire Games are calling this weekend 'Super Saturday and Super Sunday' as spectators in Northern Ireland are given the opportunity to see a wide variety of sports across more than 25 venues.


Making its debut today at this year's Games will be gaelic football with the playing fields of Queen's University staging a women's competition and men's over-35 event. Teams in the seven-a-side tournament will include a World Select side, Donegal Garda and the NI Fire and Rescue Service.

At the same venue touch rugby will also be played this morning with squads from Italy and Australia taking part while the Shankill Leisure Centre is staging judo and karate, which are always competitive in these Games.

Another event which should provide plenty of interest is the mountain biking at Kilbroney, near Rostrevor, with Newry firefighter Glyn O'Brien, who won two golds in Vancouver 2009, hoping for glory on his home ground. O'Brien won't lack home support, that's for sure.

Yesterday was a big day for the athletics and swimming which got under way at the Mary Peters Track and the Aurora Aquatic Centre respectively.

A host of competitors representing countries from around the world enjoyed the new 50m international standard pool in Bangor.

It's a fantastic complex, built at a cost of £38 million, which is staging a host of other events throughout the World Police and Fire Games.

The Irish, from North and South, have already been collecting medals and those numbers will dramatically increase over the next few days.

Perhaps the PSNI cricket team could be in line for a surprise gold having won their first two matches.

Yesterday they proved too strong for the Sri Lanka Customs Veterans.

There was disappointment though for the PSNI netball team who were defeated 51-30 by Victoria Police in the first round.

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