Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett today launched the 2016 Victoria Police and Emergency Services Games at the hallowed turf of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Speaking at Australia’s most famous sporting ground, Ms Garrett said this year’s games was set to be one of the biggest ever, with more than 3000 competitors expected to take part.
This year marks the 34th anniversary of the games, which run from 8 to 17 April.
Police officers, fire fighters, ambulance officers, lifesavers, corrections officers and customs officers from all over the state will compete in more than 42 sports at locations across Melbourne and regional Victoria.
The annual event gives law enforcement and emergency services workers across Victoria an opportunity to spend time away from the more serious side of their work.
Ms Garrett also presented the 2015 Inter-Services Trophy to Life Saving Victoria, whose team received the highest number of points at last year’s games.
Ms Garrett recognised the tireless work of all of the volunteers who help make these games so successful.
She also encouraged police and emergency services workers get involved in this year’s games by signing up at emergencyservicesgames.org.au
Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett
“Victoria’s police and emergency services workers perform critical work and deserve to be recognised for the contribution they make to our community.”
“The games give our everyday lifesavers a chance to take some time out to enjoy themselves away from the pressure of their jobs.”
“I congratulate Life Saving Victoria for taking out last year’s trophy and look forward to seeing this competitive, fun-loving spirit on show again in April.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020