Dundonald International Ice Bowl Gets Set for World Police and Fire Games
26 July 2013
Athletes from across the globe will be taking to the ice at Dundonald International Ice Bowl next week as the facility prepares to host one of the biggest sporting events as part of the 2013 World Police and Fire Games.
Between Monday 29th July and Monday 5th August, sixteen ice hockey matches will be played at the facility which will see many of the most eagerly anticipated matches in the competition. Teams taking to the ice will include the New York City Fire Department against Tampere Police Department, Tartarstan Republic Police against Stockholm Fire Department and Toronto Police Department against Securite Incendie Montreal.
The Mayor of Castlereagh, Councillor David Drysdale is delighted to be hosting the Games in the Borough. He said, “Dundonald International Ice Bowl is delighted to be involved in a world class sporting event and to represent the Borough on a global stage. The facility has vast experience hosting major sporting championships and I am confident that the World Police and Fire Games will continue to build on this success.”
We look forward to welcoming many international competitors and their supporters to the Borough and are excited by the prospect of witnessing many world class matches. Entry is free for all spectators on a first come, first served basis which provides a fantastic opportunity for the public to watch the action and be part of the Games.”
The World Police and Fire Games is a biennial event which is organised for all “sworn law enforcement officers”, including police, fire, customs, prison service and some smaller enforcement agencies. It is the third largest international multi-sport event in the world after the Olympics and the World Masters. Northern Ireland will be only the third European host in the Games history which were last held in New York in 2011.
As well as ice hockey, Dundonald International Ice Bowl will also host the tenpin bowling competition from 7th- 9th August. Both events are open to the public and entry is free; however admission numbers are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.