10 free events for the kids at WPFG

20130729-142511.jpgWith the kids off school for the summer and parents looking for ways to occupy them, here are 10 suggested World Police and Fire Games events to take them to! Entry is free.

The Games don’t officially start until August 1st, but as a major prestige sport, ice-hockey started in advance of the opening ceremony. There are matches every day, apart from August 1, right up until Friday August 9. There are two venues, the Odyssey Arena and Dundonald Ice-Bowl, and teams include the New York Fire Department, Boston Police, the Finnish Police, teams from Russia, and a range of other countries. There is a full schedule of matches available on the WPFG website.

Dragon Boats
Dragon Boats will race on the River Lagan beside Lanyon Place (near the Waterfront Hall) on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of August. There are teams from Singapore, America, Australia, Germany and elsewhere. This event is a great spectator sport and there will be some excellent vantage points for watching the action.

Ultimate Firefighter
Ultimate Firefighter is one of the highlights of the games. It will take place at Titanic Slipways on the 6th, 7th and 8th of August and will feature firefighters from Brazil, Spain, the US, Canada, Australia, and Northern Ireland, to name a few countries. The event includes, amongst other aspects, a hose task, a high rise task, and an obstacle course.

Muster is a high-tempo team event for firefighters which will take place on Monday 5th of August on Titanic Slipways.

Surfing / surf kayaking / beach volleyball
East Strand Portrush will be the venue for surfing, surf kayaking and beach volleyball on the 6th, 7th and 8th of August. You’ll see competitors from California, Bondai Beach, Brazil and elsewhere in these great events.

The cycling events will include a Criterium (5th August), Hill Climb (31st July), Mountain Biking (3rd & 4th August), Road Race (3rd August) and Time Trial (4th August). The Criterium and Hill Climb will take place at Stormont Estate, the mountain biking at Rostrevor Forest/Kilbroney Park, and the road race and time trial at Carrickfergus Castle.

Track & Field
Track & Field is one of the biggest events of the games and will take place at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast from the 2nd to the 6th of August. Events include 100m, 200m, javelin, discus, long jump, and other events you would expect in a Track & Field event. Competitors will be from all over the world.

From Hong Kong, Mexico, Greece, New Caledonia, Sri Lanka and elsewhere, the competitors will compete in either 3 v 3 or 5 v 5 events at two venues – Queen’s Sport PEC and The Valley Leisure Centre in Newtownabbey. 3 v 3 takes place from 1-3 August. 5 v 5 takes place from 3rd-7th August.

Indoor Swimming
Indoor swimming takes place from 2nd- 4th August at Bangor Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Centre. There will be some 120 races over the three days featuring competitors from a diverse range of countries.

Rugby 7s
Rugby 7s is a fast, fun sport and will take place at Queen’s Sport Upper Malone on the 7th, 8th and 9th August featuring teams such as the New Zealand Fire Service, the Italian State Fire Service, the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the Nigerian Police, and New York Police Department, to name a few.

Further information:
These are just a flavour of some of the events taking place as part of the games. There are 56 sports at 41 venues in total. Most of them are open to the public and entry is free. Find out more at www.2013wpfg.com

Post Author: Belfast Times

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