Date Published : August 14th, 2013 Published By : adminGarda Paul McCarter from Bundoran, Co. Donegal has won a Gold medal in the World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) at Portrush. This Irish Surfing Association and the Canoe Union Of Northern Ireland teamed up to host the Surf and Surf Kayak events recently.
WPFG is the third largest international multi-sport event in the world and will be the largest ever sporting event to take place in Northern Ireland with 56 sports, 7,000 competitors from over 60 countries are taking part. The surfing contest got underway on Tuesday at West Strand, Portrush. With little or no surf forecast for the rest of the week, the management team decided to complete the medal events while the surf was up.
The event included 23 categories with Shortboard, Longboard, SUP, Bodyboard and Surf Kayak in various age groups run with competitors from Ireland, UK, Europe, US, Hawaii and Australia taking part. The official medal ceremony took place at East Strand following the last of the finals. Paul Mc Carter, An Garda Siochana and a former Irish Surf Team member with extensive national and international competitive experience took the Gold Medal in the Bodyboard. He dominated the final, scoring far above the other bodyboarders.
Meanwhile, Garda Claire Reilly provided the shock performance of the event. Originally from Rathlee, Co. Sligo, Claire has been surfing and bodyboarding recreationally for many years. Competing to two categories, the Women’s Bodyboard and Women’s Longboard, this was Claire’s first competitive surfing event.
A strong performance in the Bodyboard resulted in Gold for Claire but she followed this up with a win in the Longboard event to secure double gold at this prestigious World event.