Saturday, September 6, 2008

Firefighters strike gold at World Games

Isle of Man officers struck gold at the recent World Firefighter Games held in Liverpool.

The eight-strong team from the Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service scooped an impressive haul of eight gold, five silver and three bronze medals at the prestigious event.

Clay pigeon shooter Neil Parsons made a significant personal contribution to that total as he secured no fewer than 10 medals in three different disciplines – including seven golds. The retained Laxey firefighter, who has represented the Isle of Man at the Commonwealth Games, was on target in the trap (three gold, one silver), skeet (three gold) and sporting competitions (one gold, one silver, one bronze).

Shooting team-mate Jason Wright, also from the Laxey station, bagged a silver medal in the skeet event and a silver and bronze in the sporting. Jason underlined his sporting versatility by then picking up a pool cue to pot his way to silver in the nine-ball doubles and bronze in the eight-ball doubles competitions. The other member of the Island team to hit the gold trail was full-time officer Floyd Askin who defeated all-comers to land the top honours in the judo arena. The World Firefighter Games, which raise thousands of pounds for charity, saw 3,500 officers from around the world compete in a series of fiercely contested sporting events over 10 days.

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