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SES shines at Emergency Service Games

Published 31/05/2012

The Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) had a strong showing at this year’s Victoria Police and Emergency Service Games, taking home 84 medals.

SES volunteers and staff won 46 gold medals, 21 silver and 17 bronze.

This strong result reflects a high level of participation, and it’s hoped even more members will take part next time.

In total, the SES put forward 123 entrants – 99 volunteers and 24 members of staff – in 252 events. The SES was most strongly represented in swimming, netball, shooting, ten-pin bowling and indoor cricket.

Gerry Sheridan, the SES representative to the Federation organising the games, said 2012 was the second successful year of increased patronage, up from 89 entrants and 54 medals last year.

"The SES is well on target to getting to my goal of 200 members entered by the 2014 Australasian Games," said Gerry.

Volunteer Robert Reid was the SES’ strongest performer, winning seven gold medals and one silver for his efforts in the pool.

The Yackandandah unit had a great run as well. Not only did Controller Jackie Ashman win eight medals, but her daughter Louise and father Keith Hume – both fellow members – took home three medals apiece.

Jackie has a history of excellence at the games. She won the Stuart Taylor Memorial Award for best performance at the games, an honour she was nominated for again last year.

Ten-pin bowling was also a strong event for the SES, with 13 medals won.

Mr Sheridan encouraged everyone in the SES to take part in the games next year.

"The number one benefit is getting involved with peers from other agencies," he said.

"You’re there with police, firefighters, ambos, and such. We are all going to the same emergencies and working towards the same goals, but we rarely interact socially.

"It’s a good opportunity to see them in a different environment and make some friends.

"As well as being a lot of fun, knowing who your peers are means everyone can work together better in the field."