Friday, 26 October 2018
The City of Mandurah could be the safest in Australia for the next week as it plays host to the 2018 Australasian Police & Emergency Services (APES) Games.
More than 3,000 serving and retired personnel and registered volunteers from police and emergency service agencies have arrived in Mandurah for the 17th Games, running from 28 October to 3 November.
The Games officially commence Sunday night with the Opening Ceremony on the eastern foreshore from 6pm. Members of the public are warmly invited to attend this event, which will include a torch relay, a parade of competitors, official welcomes, live music and fireworks.
Joining the strong contingents from interstate will be more than 200 international competitors from New Zealand, China, Singapore, Hong Kong and New Caledonia. An additional 7,000 supporters, officials and volunteers are also expected to attend.
Around 50 sporting events will be staged across the Games, organised by the Western Australia Police Sports Federation. Traditional team and individual sports are supplemented by specialist events that showcase specific work skills, such as shooting, fire truck pull and surf lifesaving.
The games take place every two years in either Australia or New Zealand, with the first games held in 1984.