The 2012 Australasian Police & Emergency Services Games were held in Hutt City just north of Wellington in New Zealand. I competed in the swimming, which was held in an Olympic size pool & aquatics centre in Naenae a small suburb 35 minutes drive from Wellington. Representing VICSES, I entered in the 50, 100, 200, 400, 800 metre individual freestyle events for my age category, which was a 5 year bracket. I was fortunate enough to win gold in all these events.
When I arrived in New Zealand I was encourage to enter three relay teams with other Australian Services (Police) which were the 4 x 100 freestyle, the 4 x 50 medley relay, and the 4 x 50 free relay. We finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. I was over the moon with my success I had in the pool ending with 6 gold medals, 1 silver medal and 1 bronze.
You don’t have to be great, just willing to have a go, just remember you will be competing against other people around your own age. You might be surprised at what you could and can achieve.I’d love to hear from you if you are interested. I might be able to help or at least let you know what events are available. (Anyone interested in speaking with Robert are invited to contact him via the contact page)
I would like to say on behalf of the Unit, just how proud we are of Robert and his achievements. As he says, you don’t have to be great, just have a go. It may not be the Olympics, but these games are more than a simple competitive event. They are an opportunity to get something extra out of being a member of the SES by representing the service internationally and representing our country on a world stage. I know how much training Rob put into his preparation and I think the results speak for themselves. Congratulations Rob…!