Games begin for police and emergency services

EMERGENCY Services personnel will be out in force on the Coffs Coast this weekend, but it's all in the name of fun and games.

Coffs Harbour is hosting the 12th Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games, a week long event featuring teams of police, fire, ambulance, customs, SES and corrective services officers competing in 40 different sports.

The spread of events and venues will see Coffs transformed into a mini Olympic site, with almost every pool, track, stadium, walkway, cycleway and sports field being used for events such as cycling, soccer, softball, squash, sailing and angling.

Games director Jim Prendergast said the event promises six days of fun and competition.

“We're not looking for world champions, we simply encourage people to be active, be healthy and be a part of the Games,” Mr Prendergast said.

This year's Games are expected to attract more than 3000 players and just as many supporters to Coffs.

Mayor Keith Rhoades said Coffs Harbour is committed to making this year's Games the best ever.

The Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games kicks off with the opening ceremony at 5.30pm at BCU International Stadium on Saturday.

A full schedule of events for the games will appear in Saturday's Coffs Coast Advocate or can be found at www.apandesgames.com.


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