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Gill grabs gold in Northern Ireland at major event
3:00pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in Sport
DAVE Gill has spoken of his experience competing in the largest sporting event Northern Ireland has ever staged.
The 55-year-old from Stockton Heath won eight track and field medals in the World Police and Fire Games, which he attended in Belfast 24 hours after helping Great Britain’s team to second place at the World Tug of War Games in Colombia.
The police games are the third largest multi-sport event in the world after the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.
More than 7,500 participants took part in 56 sports over 41 venues across Northern Ireland, attracting 6,000 volunteers.
It is open to serving and retired police, fire, prison and law enforcement officers.
Sports include cycling, boxing, swimming, triathlon, football, ice hockey and bodybuilding.
“During the five days I received medals from various dignitaries including Dame Mary Peters (Olympic pentathlon gold medallist), Mike Bull (former Olympic pole vaulter) and David Ford (Ireland’s justice minister),” said Gill.
His six golden gongs at the newly refurbished Mary Peters Stadium came in 400m hurdles, 800m, 1,500m, 3,000m steeplechase, 5,000m and 10,000m.
He also collected silver in 400m and a bronze in 400m relay.
Gill won 13 medals, eight of them gold, in the World Firefighter Games in Sydney last October.
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