2008 what a year for NSW Police Games!

The NSW Police Games, for the sixth year in a row, reached amazing participation numbers with over 1,204 participants (up from 1,152 competitors in 2007) contesting the twenty seven events staged across the 9 days of competition.

Held in one of the state’s most popular areas, Blacktown City, the Games participants enjoyed competing at world-class sports and leisure facilities and venues, such as Blacktown Olympic Park and Blacktown Leisure Centre – Stanhope. Thank you to the Mayor of Blacktown City, Councillor Leo Kelly and his staff for supporting this event. 2009 marks the 25 Year Anniversary of the NSW Police Games.

Open to all emergency services and immediate family these Games continue to be about having a great time & meeting people. This year saw a wide range of emergency services represented from the NSW Ambulance (70 participants), Australian Federal Police (108), Australian Protective Service (3), Corrections (204), Customs (23), Fire Brigade (95), Police (613), Public Service (7), Retired Police (13), Rural Fire Service (4), Sheriff’s Dept (3), State Emergency Service (3) to immediate family members, staff of Blacktown City Council (43), the Police Credit Union (5), Volunteers in Policing Unit (3) and Other (83).

Along with the yearly favourite sports of softball (136), Oz Tag (162) and soccer (field) (207) the introduction of two new sports – Enduro Cross and Paintball were a success adding a new dimension to the Games.

Soccer (field) was the highest attended sport for this year’s NSW Police Games with 207 participants (152 male and 55 female) contesting the one day event. Congratulations to Detective Senior Constable Matt Treston – State Crime Command Parramatta and Detective Inspector Stephen Newton – Professional Standards Command, who co-ordinated the event. Well done on an amazing effort.

Again Oz Tag was a hotly favoured sport on this year’s calendar with 162 competitors lining up to contest the medals. Well done to Jennifer Bridges and Steve Valentine, Campbelltown Police Station for their efforts in co-ordinating the day.

Congratulations to all Sport Co-ordinators for their time and effort in ensuring the NSW Police Games reaches new heights each year. Sport Coordinators 2008 – Ken Medway (Angling), Nev Sternbeck (Angling), Lex Booth (Archery), Matt Russell, Brett Nicholson & Ben Janssen (Basketball), John Elfes (Clay Target), Charlie Muscat (Clay Target), Mark Falconer (Cycling), Garry Keir & Pauline Bellemore (Fun Run/Walk), Andy Barker (Golf), Brian Barnes (Hockey), Dave Flood (Mountain Bikes), Ros Keys (Netball), Leanne Wells (Netball), Belinda Dyson (Netball), Jennifer Bridges (Oz Tag), Steve Valentine (Oz Tag), Grahame Ross (Pistol), Phil Allan (Pistol), Phil Stubbs-Mills (Rifle), David Fairclough (Sailing), Ewhen Hreszczuk (Sailing), Matt Treston (Soccer), Steve Newton (Soccer), Jenny Ross (Softball), Leanne Gearside & Alison Wyborn (Softball), Paul Tickner (Squash), Steve Jordan (Squash), Nathan Vedder (Surfing), Erryn Twigg (Swimming), John Scott (Swimming), Ian Bourke (Swimming), Wendy Olsen (Table Tennis), Grant Manning (Table Tennis), Gary Melchiore (Tennis), Steve Conroy (Ten Pin Bowling), Garrie Watt (Track & Field), Geoff Luscombe (Track & Field) and Jim Prendergast (Triathlon).

Thank you also to Irene Juergens, Denise Helleman and the volunteers from the Volunteers In Policing Unit. As always  you do an amazing job and we can’t thank you enough!

The 2008 NSW Police Games was a great success with police and emergency services coming together to compete and to enjoy the special camaraderie which only sport can deliver.

Thank you to our sponsors Blacktown City Council, Police Credit Union and the NSW Police Council of Sport Inc.

See you in 2009 – 25 Year Anniversary NSW Police Games

Senior Sergeant Jim Prendergast