World Police & Fire Games 2009

Calling all GAELIC FOOTBALLERS in the Lower Mainland.

With less than a months to go, the World Police & Fire Games are appealing to all ISSC Members to volunteer , at the BC Games.

The World Police & Fire Games that will be held in Burnaby, BC in August 2009, and these Games have massive significance from an Irish perspective. This is the first time that Gaelic Football has been offered as an Police & Fire Games sport, and this is regarded as an excellent opportunity for exposure of Ireland’s National Sport. The long-term plan is that Gaelic Football becomes an official sport at these Games, with demonstration status at the BC Games (2009) and New York Games (2011), and full status in time for the Belfast Games in 2013.

The 2009 Games organisers are expecting between 4 and 6 Gaelic Football teams to attend, with forces interested in participating from Canada, USA, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and England.

Already the Canadian County Board of the GAA and the Irish Ambassador to Canada have expressed great enthusiasm and support for the addition of Gaelic Games to the roster of sports at such a high profile international sporting event. The games themselves expect 11,000 participating athletes in over 65 different sports.

The Vancouver Gaelic Football teams & the local Irish community will be working to make the introduction of Gaelic Football a success for the 2009 World Police & Fire Games, the Gaelic Athlethic Association and for the Irish diaspora. The Gaelic Football tournament will be held on the August Bank Holiday week-end at the Burnaby Lake Rugby facilities.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Games, you can follow these links. More information can be found at www.2009wpfg.ca, or the Games organisers can be contacted at gaelicfootball@2009wpfg.ca.
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