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World Police Games

17/11/2017
2nd World Police Games, Abu Dhabi 3-10th November 2017
 
The 2nd World Police Games were held in the picturesque city of Abu Dhabi, UAE in early November, the 1st Games were in Bogota, Columbia in 2015.  Sports relating to policing were chosen by the UAE comprising; swimming, practical shooting, judo and jujitsu.
 
The PSUK swimming team found out about the games only 2 months previous and managed to get a female team together, the rules allowing only 4 competitors.  Arriving in time for the opening ceremony, one of the team wore police uniform.
 
Teams of up to 28 athletes with team managers and admin representing 42 countries descended on Abu Dhabi, competitors totalling over 700.  The opening ceremony consisted of an athlete’s March, fire dancers and drummers and concluded with a spectacular fireworks display.
 
The hospitality was second to none and the hosts made everyone feel at home, UK were given their own designated driver throughout the duration of their stay.
 
The standard of swimming in the pool was surprisingly high with Egypt dominating; they won all but a couple of events and quite often picked up the silver medal too.  Countries were allowed to enter 2 in each event, unfortunately the women were only able to do half of the men’s events which was a little disappointing so the team had only 5 events to race for the medals.  The small UK team did exceptionally well winning medals in 4 of them and making every final available to them.
 
Aimee RAMM (Leicestershire) picked up the silver medal in both of her events, the 50 freestyle and butterfly, narrowly missing out on both of the gold medals to Egypt and Brazil.  Helen CUMBER (Met) swam an excellent race in the 50 backstroke to pick up bronze.  RAMM & CUMBER were joined by Claire THORN & Sara GAMBLE (West Mids) in the 4 x 50 freestyle relay they swam a superb race to finish in second place closely behind the Egyptians. 
 
UK’s medal haul of 3 silver and 1 bronze put them 3rd in the female swimming medal table and a staggering 12th place in the overall medal count, beating 30 other countries whose number of competitors far exceeded ours. 
 
The next World Police Games will be held in Milan in 2019 where we hope UK are represented in all sports.
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