Games cauldron to light up
  • Friday 09 October 2015

Our “Boys in Blue”, “Firies”, “Ambos”, “Clubbies” and SES personnel will put their sporting prowess to the test on the Sunshine Coast this time next year in the Australasian Police & Emergency Services Games.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson will join Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday evening to mark the one year countdown to the week-long event and light the official Games cauldron.

The SLSQ helicopter will start a spectacular torch relay that will also go on water and land and involve representatives from all five emergency services, escorted by the Queensland Police Mounted Police Unit.

The ceremony will start at 5.45pm with the public invited to attend.

The Games, being held on the Sunshine Coast for the first time, will involve around 7400 participants from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Featuring more than 40 sports, it is expected to deliver more than $6 million into the local economy.

“The Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games is a fantastic biannual event that has been run since 1984,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“It’s a tremendous honour for the Sunshine Coast to be the host venue for the 2016 Games and council is very proud to be a major supporter of this event.

“Our Police and Emergency Services do an outstanding job protecting and serving our communities and we’re very much looking forward to providing some great Sunshine Coast hospitality to the thousands of law enforcement and emergency services men and women from throughout Australasia who will come here next year.

“The number of visitors coming to our region for this event is not far shy of the World Ironman 70.3 Championships that are also coming here next year.

“So that puts into perspective just how big an event the Police and Emergency Services Games is and what a huge positive it is for the Sunshine Coast to be hosting it.

“This event provides further confirmation of Sunshine Coast Stadium and Kawana Sports Precinct being the destination of choice in regional Queensland and comes hot on the heels of recent camps held at the venue by the Wallabies and Melbourne Storm, as well as the recent Champions of Champions Football Tournament (featuring the Brisbane Roar) and Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC).”

The official Games cauldron will be lit at 6pm on Saturday at Sunshine Coast Stadium. Media is invited to attend for photograph and interview opportunities.