Friday 5th August 2022 · Mike Smith
Source: Ajuntament de Xàbia
Mayor José Chulvi was joined by the Security councillor, Juan Ortolá, to congratulate local police officer Toni Soler, who has returned for the 2022 edition of the World Police and Fire Games in Rotterham in the Netherlands with five medals in different athletics events.
Representing Spain, Soler had a spectacular performance in this competition specifically for members of the security forces around the world, claiming two gold medals in the 10km cross country event, individual and team, an individual silver in the 10,000m track, silver for teams in the half-marathon, and bronze in the absolute individual in the same half-marathon.
In addition to the great performance, the officer highlighted the great experience of competing and living together with some 10,000 athletes from across the world to compete in the Netherlands.
Both the mayor and councillor expressed their pride in Soler’s success and congratulated him for his great role in representing the Policía Local de Xàbia, encouraging the officer to continue to prepare for future competitions.
The World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) is a biennial athletic event, open to active and retired police and fire service personnel across the world. It is the second most popular athletics competition in the world, attracting around 10,000 entrants, slightly less than the Summer Olympic Games but more than the Commonwealth games. First held in 1967, the games have been hosted by the United States, Canada, Sweden, Spain, Australia, the United Kingdom, China and the Netherlands. The next edition, in 2023, will be held in Winnipeg in Canada.