A Jubilantteam walked through the glass door of the Jacksons International Terminal on abright Sunny Port Moresby skies, with a glimmer of Gold Silver and Bronzehanging around their necks.
It was thehighlight of the tireless work, dedication and the preparation of the wholeteam to fly down to the Sunshine Coast, a dream successfully accomplished.
But formost, it was a preparations of endurance, a quest of comradeship, personalsacrifice and dedication to bring the team down to the Sunshine Coast to attendthe 16th Australasian Police Fire and Emergency Games in the Sunshine CoastAustralia.
The 16thAustralasian Police Fire and Emergency Games is A Gaming Event, a week-longoccasion that offers 49 sporting events for all ages and abilities toparticipate in from the police, fire, ambulance, and other services.
It was firstheld in 1984, and was founded with the intention of bringing police personneltogether under the common banner of the sport.
The aim ofthe game is to help build friendship, promote healthy living through sportswhilst heightening public awareness of police and emergency services.
This spiritof friendly companionship has been expended to embrace competitors from NewZealand and other Pacific Islands and since 1999, all full-time EmergencyServices personnel were also invited to compete.
The eventenables the participants form the police, fire, emergency and other Australia,New Zealand and Pacific Island Countries the opportunity to share a common bondthrough Law enforcement and Emergency Services.
The gamesare conducted every second year at a new location which also providescompetitors the opportunity to travel and enjoy a holiday at numerous locationsthroughout Australia and New Zealand.
For Sargent Alice Arigo, one of the pioneers of the gamesbased in Tari in the Southern Highlands Province, it would be her 6th gamein attendance and one she says is the biggest since the Royal Papua New GuineaConstabulary first participated in 1991.
The constabulary has been in attendance since 1991 andhave attended a total of five events, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, and 2001 and withthe biggest contingent the 2016 games.
“We were invited by Australia and New Zealand in 1991 andformer Director of Community Policing, Superintendent Dennis Samin and formerDirector Dogs Peter White, says Senior Sargent Alice Arigo.
For the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, the gameswas a stepping stone for building ties with other pacific islands police and away to broaden each officers horizon to the work and responsibilities of otherpacific island counterparts.
“Back in the day,we had a lot of interest in the participation in the games, but fundraising washard to come by. The onus was for each participant to secure their own sponsorand this was one of the added responsibilities that was made to the whole team.
For the contingent of 77 team members and officials, itwas a privilege with all expenses paid for by the major sponsor; The KumulConsolidation Holdings.
Half a million was presented to the Commissioner ofPolice, Mr Gari Baki in a small but significant
Ceremony attendedby all the Kumul Consolidation member companies CEO and all the board membersof the Kumul Consolidation Holdings.
With the sponsorship of the Kumul Consolidation Holdingsand the
The trip enabled a partnership the Queensland fireservice and the Papua New Guinea Constabulary build a partnership throughsports and the added benefit is to be in the players’ concept and build lastingrelationships.
For many, it was a first time experience to travel overseasand it was an eye opener and a very humbling experience to represent the PNGpolice and the country as a whole.
The trip was a success, with the team bagging a total of 13medals.
The rugby7’s team took home two gold in the open division and in the sevens tournament.
Basketballteam 1 won the bronze in the open category and basketball team 2 won anothersilver in the open category.
In darts,Esther Wara and Susan Mondai won gold in the woman’s darts doubles, Esther Waratook another silver in the women’s singles, Vincent Sei took silver in the menssingles and Vincent Sei and Walo Seba took home another silver in the men’sdoubles.
The rugby9’s team was defeated by New Zealandtaking home the silver while in the in track and field, Alice Arigo took homesilver in discuss and shotput and Justis Buapo took on the bronze in the men’s100m sprint, topping it off with andRachiel Pinda grabbing gold in the woman’s 100 metre sprint.
Chief d’mission Chief Superintendent Dominic Kakas was happy with the team’sperformance and commended the team for an exceptionally good performance.
It is hoped that with much preparations and commitment, wewill bring another big team to challenge the champions, and this time win thecup.
Inspector David Terry, one of the Games organizing teammembers said the games were one of the participating in the games are not justfor the organizing team but for the for the
The next Police Fire and Emergency Games will be held in2018 at Mandura Western Australia.
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