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Local 1190 Shows Well at World Police Fire Games


The 2009 World Police Fire Games Team from Red Deer.  L to R: Bernie Walker, Steve Barahona, Doug Robertson, Doug McCrea, Pete Barron, Damian Lagrange, Luke Tweedale, and Dave Bain

The 2009 World Police Fire Games Team from Red Deer. L to R: Bernie Walker, Steve Barahona, Doug Robertson, Doug McCrea, Pete Barron, Damian Lagrange, Luke Tweedale, and Dave Bain

The Red Deer Emergency Services department sent a team of 12 athletes to these games which are held every 2 years in venues all over the world. Out of those 12 athletes, we brought home 6 medals – 3 Gold and 3 Bronze. This year for the first time the number of athletes competing in the WPFGames ( almost 10600) exceeded the number of athletes in the 2008 Summer Olympics (~10500)- making it the largest sporting event in the world.


Bernie Walker won Gold in Armwrestling. Although Walker has won Gold in this event before, this year he did it the hard way. After fouling out in his first match, which sent him to the “B” side, he had to defeat everyone in order to have a shot at the gold medal. He did exactly that and was paired up against an athlete from the Czech Republic in the gold medal round. Because Walker came from the “B” side he had to beat him twice. The first match was over quickly, about 1 second, as Walker quickly put him down. When it came time for the second match, the Czech athlete would not come back on stage.

Damien LaGrange, competing in his first WPFGames, won two Bronze medals in Archery. One in field archery and one in target shooting. In target archery, the athletes shoot five sets of 6 arrows at 48in. targets from five different distances. In field archery, the athletes have 28 different targets they must hit. He estimates that he shot over 400 arrows.


Doug McCrea and Peter Barron raced in the Downhill Mountain Biking events held at Whistler Village – the Dual-Slalom and the Downhill. The dual slalom pits two riders against one another on a narrow, twisting course featuring several steep berms and jumps. Barron won Gold and McCrea won Bronze medals. The Downhill race was run on a very steep, rocky, and technical course. McCrea got a flat tire shortly after starting and did not finish. Barron won Gold.

Clare Kinney competed in the Women’s Toughest Competitor Alive (TCA) and finished 4th. The TCA is a grueling competition that consists of several events – swimming, running, a rope climb, obstacle course, bench press, shot putt, and javelin – all in the same day! She was also 4th in the Mixed Doubles TCA.

Brad Readman competed in Road Cycling. His first event was a 20km individual time-trial. Unfortunately he crashed in the first few kilometers breaking his collarbone, but still finished 5th. The next day he was 8th in the Road Race.

Dave Bain and Steve Barahona were both 5th in their age groups in the Ultimate Firefighter competition. This is a competition that is comprised of four firefighter specific stages each competitor must complete. All firefighters who compete wear a helmet, bunker coat and an air pack while they hoist hoses, run an obstacle course or drag an 80kg dummy. Barahona was also 6th in the Stair race and 12th in the 5km cross country run.

Glen Carritt ended up 4th in Slalom Waterskiing out of 30 competitors.

Luke Tweedale was 12th in Laser class Sailing out of 34 competitors

Doug Robertson was 21st in the Grouse Grind – a 2.5 km run up a trail to the top of Grouse Mountain.

Keith  Glover competed in Golf. He played several rounds on a beautiful course at Whistler in perfect weather, but was still able to enjoy a few cold beverages afterwards.



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