Police and Emergency Services Games close with a challenge

In the spirit of friendly interstate rivalry, Victoria has challenged Queensland to outdo the success of the 2014 Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games that closed in Melbourne tonight.

Representing the Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Bushfire Response, Kim Wells, Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services David Southwick said the Melbourne Games had been an outstanding success.

Mr Southwick said the next Games would be held in Queensland in 2016.

“I wish the organisers of the 2016 Games in Queensland all the very best in their endeavours, but I really think they’ll have some work to do if they’re going to top Melbourne’s Games of 2014,” he said.

“We have hosted 50 agencies from four countries, featured about 50 sporting disciplines and 3200 competitors. This is a huge achievement compared to the inaugural Games in 1984 where only 500 competitors took part.

“This has been a fabulous event for Victoria and has reinforced our reputation as a centre for major events.”

Mr Southwick said Games events were held all over Melbourne, Phillip Island, Lake Eildon, Bendigo and Geelong.

“Visitors from regional Victoria, other states and territories, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia, have provided a significant economic boost to Victoria,” he said.

“The Games are about participation because the sports range from swimming, track and field events to shooting, mountain bike racing, ten-pin bowling, darts and petanque”.

“A big part is building personal and professional relationships and promoting health and fitness,” he said.

The Napthine Government committed $65,000 to the Games.

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