Team NI kit unveiled for WPFG

Published Friday, 26 July 2013
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The official team Northern Ireland kit for the World Police and Fire Games has been launched.

Team NI kit unveiled for WPFG
The games brings together members of the services. (© UTV)

It will be worn by the 700 members of the PSNI, NI Fire and Rescue Service and NI Prison Service as they compete in dozens of sporting events in the coming weeks.

The kit is coloured white, red, green and blue and is emblazoned with the official crests from each service.

"We're delighted the way it has turned out," said Aidan Magennis, NIFRS Team Captain.

"All the services got together and agreed a kit that has a commonality about it and it has turned out really well, thumbs up!"

Almost 7,000 participants from across the globe will take part in more than 56 sports held at 41 venues across Northern Ireland. The WPFG is the third largest international multi-sport event in the world - and the largest ever to be held here.

Despite the economic benefits the games will bring, organisers have had to deal with certain sensitivities - including what flag will be flown by NI at the opening ceremony on 1 August.

Judith Gillespie, PSNI Deputy Chief Constable, says this year - as with every other year - will see all flags first followed by the individual teams.

She explained: "In terms of flying the flag at the opening ceremony, yes there are sensitivities around that but all of the flags of all of the nations will be paraded at the opening ceremony and I know team NI will be there with great pride to represent their country."

And so, with just four days to go, there's one question that still needs answered - will the Deputy Chief Constable be taking part?

She said: "I'll of course be attending the opening ceremony along with many others, I believe around 14,000, and in terms of sporting achievement, I'll be taking part in the dodge ball event for charity on the last day of the games."

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