For much of the past two years, exercise was one of the few activities permitted outside the home. For many of us, exercise played an important part in keeping us fit and healthy, in every sense. However, what most of us missed was the social side of health and fitness. The time spent with friends, family, teammates – and opponents – using our skills and having fun together.
The 2022 Victoria Police & Emergency Services Games is therefore a great opportunity to celebrate what sports brings to our lives – competition and camaraderie. Whether it’s to shift those last remaining COVID kilos or to deploy your newfound level of fitness, I encourage you all to join in. Pick an event and form a team of your workmates or test yourself in an individual event.
I’m confident we can build on the success of the 2021 Games held in Geelong, which attracted nearly 2400 participants from 30 different police and emergency services sector agencies in an array of sports. The most popular sports then were the soccer sevens, netball, golf, lawn bowls and angling, with a big increase in participation in the equestrian events.
The 2022 Games to be held across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria will include the new events of powerlifting, mountain bike riding in the magnificent setting of Mt Beauty, and surfing at the Urban Surf wave pool in Tullamarine. There will also be a full triathlon, run in partnership with the Western Suburbs Triathlon Club, which to me perfectly demonstrates how these Games can engage positively with local communities.
With these additional events, and the confidence that every event will be held under a COVID Safe Plan, I hope we can break the 3000-mark for number of participants this year.
I thank the Victoria Police Games Federation for all the effort they have put in to organising this tournament, as they have every Games since 1981, and I congratulate them on continuing to develop this major event.
I wish every participant good luck and, most importantly, good times.
The ball’s in your court!