Gold, silver, bronze and a few broken noses
The largest World Police and Fire Games has wrapped up, but local police and fire fighters in Surrey and Delta have plenty of souvenirs to remember the event by.
A few broken noses, a dislocated shoulder, a leg injury and even a concussion. Nothing too serious.
And dozens of medals in events ranging from boxing to barefoot water-skiing.
Local winners included a Delta Police officer who took home seven medals and set a games record in one event, a retired Surrey fire-fighter who took home six medals, a Surrey Mountie who won the Tai Kwon Do event and a retired Delta Fire Department captain who out-fished the world.
The Surrey RCMP team took gold in paint ball.
Const. Russell Kim took gold in Men’s Tai Kwon Do, while Cpl. Jon Heron (with Cpl Tom Norton from RCMP headquarters in Vancouver) won a silver medal in Men’s Team Biathlon (running and shooting) and Const. Peter Neily won a bronze medal in the Open Men’s 50 metre Breast Stroke.
Surrey fire fighters won 10 gold, 18 silver and eight bronze medals.
Former Olympian Shelley Morris (high jump) took gold in the toughest competitor alive contest, a gruelling series of challenges that includes an obstacle course, bench press competition, rope climb, shot put, swimming, running and pull-up events.
Shelley also won gold in javelin.
Bill McNamara, who appears to be enjoying an active retirement, won six medals, including gold for finishing first in his category in a race up the infamous Grouse grind.
Doug Low won gold and Josh Hobson took silver in the bench press, Chris Szostak took gold in wrestling in his weight class, while Mark McRae took bronze.
Andy George won two gold medals in cycling.
George was on the Surrey Fire gold-meal-winning triathlon team with Brad Shirley and Aaron Jamieson.
Scott Kent harvested four silver medals in track, including one as a member of the Surrey 4X4 400 metre relay teams with brothers Mark and Dan Bertoia.
Nancy Innes took silver in the stair climb competition.
Farah Fahimi took home silver in women’s triathlon.
The Surrey fire softball and over-35 soccer teams took silver.
Jeff Oliver won two silver medals in the fishing contest.
Brian Woroniuk took bronze in arm wrestling.
Scott Solomon took gold in barefoot water skiing.
Lorne West won two silvers in water skiing in the jump and trick categories. Corey Walters won a silver and bronze in slalom and trick water skiing.
The Games wrapped up Sunday with a colourful, raucous party at Swangard Stadium that included costumes, dancing, a flyover by the Canadian Snowbirds and a performance by the rock band Trooper.
More than 10,577 athletes from fire, police and correctional services departments in 56 countries participated in the Games, which awarded 2100 medals. The next Games will be held in New York City in 2011, the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
Firefighter game to be ‘toughest competitor alive’
Shelley Morris will be busy in several athletic events next week, alongside a B.C.-best number of fellow Surreyites
Michael Booth, Surrey Now
Published: Friday, July 24, 2009