The 2019 Games were my first as President, and the experience was exhilarating; beginning with the launch at the MCG in February 2019, attending events throughout the Games to cheer on our athletes, and presenting event medals to honour our participants in March 2019. The Games are a life changing experience for all those involved, and I look forward to working with the Victoria Police Games Federation Committee again for the 2020 Games, being held from 20-29 March 2020.
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, to prioritise our own physical and mental health, and to invest in the friendships that characterise the spirit of the Games.
The 2019 Victoria Police and Emergency Services Games were a huge success. The facts speak for themselves: over 3100 participants, 4874 individual entries, 41 sports, and 23 affiliated agencies within the Victoria Police Games Federation.
The most popular sports in 2019 continued to be netball, soccer 7s, basketball and angling. The Games were enhanced in 2019 with the addition of indoor rock climbing as a new sport, taking the Games to new heights.
I was also pleased to join the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, the Hon Lisa Neville, and the Chief Commissioner of Police, Graham Ashton, at the launch of the 2019 Games on 13 February 2019, to present the 2018 Games winners with the Inter Services Trophy to Corrections Victoria and the Chief Commissioner’s Trophy – for the 3rd year in a row – to the Transit and Public Safety Command.
A lot of work goes into staging the Games and organising the logistics of the sporting events held at 40 venues across the state. They take place because of the commitment and the contribution of our agency representatives, Sports Coordinators and our incredible volunteers. My personal thanks go to all who helped make the 2019 Games successful and enjoyable!
I am looking forward with anticipation to the 2020 Games. Already the support has been fantastic. Many of our loyal sponsors show their interest in the Games with these valued partnerships continuing for the 2020 Games. APS Benefits has been a long-time sponsor and these Games mark the 20th consecutive year they have partnered with us. BankVic has provided incredible support for the Games since joining and are more directly involved than ever before. We are also continuing our invaluable relationship with Transurban that provides spectacular outdoor promotions of the Games across Melbourne each year. Our partnership with the web developers, FUSESport continues with their generous support for our online registration portal and development of the Games website. Their contribution is vital and ensures that up to date information is available for all events and activities throughout the nine days of competition.
We are extremely grateful for the sustained support of all of our sponsors and thank them for their investment in the 2020 Games.
To our participating agency CEOs, senior executives and leaders, thank you for continuing to champion 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 you all to get involved and be part of the fun at the 2020 Games.
Join a friend, form a team, make a commitment to compete yourself, encourage others to participate, or promote volunteering at the 2020 Games. Let’s all start preparing for the next Games now, to make them a resounding success.
It might just be you or your team on the podium at the end of the 2020 Games!
President – Victoria Police Games Federation