Presidents Message


As the President of the Victoria Police Games Federation (VPGF), a position I am proud to hold, I am honoured to launch the 2022 Victoria Police and Emergency Services Games.

We all know the benefits of an active lifestyle and the positive impact it can have on our physical and mental health and wellbeing. Finding time for family, friends, sport or exercise is a challenge we all face, but it is particularly important for those working in the emergency management sector. The Victoria Police and Emergency Services Games are about more than competition – they are an opportunity for us to come together, prioritise our own physical and mental health, and invest in the friendships that characterise the spirit of the Games.

The 2021 Games were an outstanding success as we celebrated our 40th Anniversary. Despite the continual threat of interruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was terrific to see nearly 2400 participants from 30 different agencies take part in a condensed version of the Games, mostly in Geelong. Personally, it was great to be involved as I competed in the 10km cross country run on the final day.

Congratulations to Corrections Victoria on winning the 2021 Inter-Services Trophy and the Transit and Public Safety Command on winning the 2021 Chief Commissioners Trophy. But more importantly, congratulations to everyone who took part. There was wonderful comradery between the agencies and participants which confirmed why these Games are so important to our members.

The high-quality venues and facilities in Geelong made the experience more enjoyable and we were grateful for the City of Greater Geelong’s support in bringing our Games to life. Thanks to Emergency Management Victoria, each participant received a commemorative 40th Anniversary backpack and badge which added to their overall experience.

A 40th anniversary function held in Geelong was one highlight of the Games. Here we recognised the contribution of sports coordinators, agency representatives, committee members and volunteers who had given 5 or more years’ service to these Games. I was honoured to be in the company of so many wonderful people who have supported and assisted with the Games since the beginning in 1981.

I am very much looking forward to the 2022 Games as we return to our usual schedule and format with sports being offered over a ten-day period across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. The VPGF Committee and its stakeholders have worked tirelessly to bring you these Games. We are alert to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and participants can be reassured that all sports will be carried out in a COVID-safe manner, adhering to the latest health guidelines.

We are extremely grateful for the sustained support of our corporate partners and thank them for their investment in the 2022 Games. ESSSuper, APS Benefits, Transurban and BankVic are continuing as valued partners. Web developers FUSESport will again provide their generous support for our online registration portal and Games website. Their contribution is vital and will ensure that upto-date information is available for all events and activities throughout the ten days of competition.

To our participating agency CEOs, senior executives and leaders, thank you for continuing to encourage your employees to prioritise their health and wellbeing by taking part in the Games.

Finally, the Games are significant because of the diverse range of competitors coming together from our participating agencies. I encourage everyone to get involved in as many sports as possible and be part of the fun.

Let’s all start preparing for the 2022 Games now to make them a resounding success. Join with a friend, form a team, make a commitment to compete yourself, encourage others to participate or volunteer.

It might just be you or your team standing proudly on the podium at the end of the 2022 Games!

Rick Nugent

Deputy Commissioner

President - Victoria Police Games Foundation

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