Victoria Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher
On Your Marks! Melbourne To Host Australasian Police And Emergency Services Games In 2014
Victor P Taffa
The 2014 Australasian Police and Emergency Services (AP&ES) Games in Melbourne has received a funding boost of $10,000 from the Victorian Coalition Government in a bid to attract more competitors and spectators to Victoria.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher said the Victoria Police Games Federation would use the funding to encourage competitors and their accompanying family and friends to stay on after the Games and explore Melbourne and regional Victoria.
“Up to 3,000 competitors are expected to take part in the event which will provide significant economic benefits to Victoria when you factor in support crew and accompanying visitors.” Ms. Asher said.
“The six days of sporting action will be held at a number of venues across Melbourne and throughout regional Victoria. This will offer competitors and their guests the opportunity to experience the best of Melbourne’s hospitality and provides an opportunity to market Victoria as a repeat visit destination.”
Victoria Police will host the 2014 event which attracts competitors from a wide range of Australasian agencies including ambulance, fire, customs and quarantine, and the Royal Flying Doctor Services. The biennial event attracts registrations from New Zealand, New Guinea, the Pacific Islands and Australia.
Members of the public will be able to get amongst the action at the opening and closing ceremonies which will showcase the diversity of the 2014 program that includes sports such as soccer, volleyball, archery, equestrian and swimming. The Games also feature a Toughest Competitor Alive category in which competitors undertake a series of physical challenges including a cross country run, freestyle race and obstacle course.
“This Coalition Government funding will be used to market the 2014 Games and help promote the exciting array of tourism experiences on offer in both our cosmopolitan capital and regional Victoria to entice visitors to extend their stay.” Ms. Asher said.
Member for Bentleigh Elizabeth Miller welcomed the funding announcement.
“I have a particular interest in the Police and Emergency Services Games as Moorabbin and Caulfield Police station will be represented in different events at the upcoming 2012 Games in New Zealand this month. This Police station does a wonderful job for the people of my electorate and I will be watching their progress closely and wishing them luck.” Ms. Miller said.
Melbourne last hosted the AP&ES Games in 1999 and also hosted the inaugural event in 1984.
The AP&ES Games will be held in Melbourne on 19-24 April 2014.