The 2009 World Police and Fire Games are being held in BC this summer, from July 31st-August 9th, and SFU is one of the venues! 10,000 competitors will come from all over the world to compete in over 60 sports at 40 different venues; SFU is hosting the3×3 and 5×5 basketball competition. SFU students have the opportunity to be part of the games by volunteering in a variety of positions that can be found on SFU’s Symplicity site or at www.2009wpfg.ca.
To get an idea of the atmosphere and feeling of the World Police and Fire Games I decided to speak to a past competitor. I am lucky enough to have this previous competitor close at hand to talk to about his experiences at the games. Don Thornborough is a retired RCMP Corporal and former provincial and WPFG record holder for Bench Press (weightlifting).
How did you get involved with the WPFG?
I worked out regularly at the gym for normal health and fitness reasons. Another police officer who attended the gym and had competed in previous WPFG competitions recognized my potential as a weight lifter and encouraged me to compete.
What type of atmosphere will people find when attending the games?
The atmosphere is electric. The competition is strong but the competitors are supportive of one another and the spirit of the games are friendly and recreational.
What did you found most rewarding or challenging part of taking part in the WPFG?
The sporting events occur in many spectacular venues. SFU is a perfect example. Internationally renowned Architect Arthur Erickson won an award for his design of this university and competitors will have the added bonus of viewing the site while competing or volunteering here.
What would you say to others interested in getting involved with the WPFG in a volunteering aspect?
Volunteers will have the opportunity to experience a world class event and engage in contact with police, fire fighters and other emergency personnel participating in their sporting events.
There are lots of different volunteer opportunities still available for the 2009 WPFG. Everyone interested in volunteering or attending this exciting event can go to www.2009wpfg.ca for more information and don’t forget to check Symplicity for opportunities specific to SFU students.
- By Laura Thornborough, SFU Alumni