Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games
First held in 1984, the inaugural Australian National Police Games were founded with the intention of bringing Police Service personnel together under the common banner of sport. This spirit of friendly competition has been expanded to embrace competitors from New Zealand and other Pacific nations. From 1999, all full-time Emergency Services personnel were also invited to compete.
The Australasian Police and Emergency Service Games is the property of the Australia New Zealand Police Games Federation. The Federation is managed by a Chairman and Board of Directors, Administration, Finance, Marketing, Operations and Sport. The Board is supported by a Committee which is made of delegates from the sporting bodies in each jurisdiction.
Like no other event on the Emergency Services calendar, the Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games builds camaraderie and promotes a healthy life style through the participation in sport, while heightening the public's awareness of Police and Emergency Services. The games are conducted every second year at a new location which also provides competitors the opportunity to travel and enjoy a holiday at numerous locations throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Competitors at the Games also contribute points from specific events towards two trophies which are awarded by the Federation. The Australia New Zealand Police Games Federation Trophy, and the Emergency Services Shield. These respective trophies are retained by the winning jurisdiction for the period between each games, when once again they are up for grabs.
Previous hosts of the event were:
Melbourne 1984 - National Police Games Sydney 1986 - 1st ANZ Police Games Wanganui 1988 - 2nd ANZ Police Games Adelaide 1990 - 3rd ANZ Police Games Brisbane 1991 - 4th ANZ Police Games Perth 1993 - 5th ANZ Police Games Wanganui 1996 - 6th ANZ Police Games Canberra 1997 - 7th ANZ Police Games Melbourne 1999 - 8th ANZ Police Games Gold Coast 2001 - 9th ANZ Police & Emergency Services Games Perth 2004 - 10th ANZ Police & Emergency Services Games Adelaide 2005 - 11th ANZ Police & Emergency Services Games Coffs Harbour 2008 – 12th Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games Hobart 2010 - 13th Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games Lower Hutt 2012- 14th Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games Melbourne 2014 - 15th Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games
Sunshine Coast 2016 - 16th Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games
The week-long event has competitions with participants from the police, fire, ambulance and other services, in more than 40 sports. Participants are from New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands.
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