Posted on Wednesday 12 June 2013 by Ulster Business
Paul Terrington (PwC Northern Ireland regional chairman) and First Minister, Peter Robinson and some of the Tridents team
Northern Ireland will host the WPFG from 25th July -10th August 2013 and organisers are confident of attracting 10,000 competitors from around 70 countries.
A large number of ice hockey teams from as far afield as Russia, Sweden and Canada are expected to travel to Northern Ireland, making ice hockey one of the most popular team events in the 2013 Games.
The NI Tridents Ice Hockey Club was formed in 2010 and originally comprised members of Northern Ireland’s three main emergency services; the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service(NIFRS) and the Northern Ireland Prison Service.
The team now includes members of An Garda Siochana, giving the Tridents a unique first as the only all-Ireland joint emergency services sporting team on the Island.
Announcing its support for the Tridents and the WPFG, PwC regional chairman, Paul Terrington, said the Games were another example of how Northern Ireland was playing to a strong global audience:
“As developed nations face difficult economic conditions, tourism remains a potential growth sector andNorthern Irelandhas enjoyed a remarkable year of events and landmark activities.
“The World Police and Fire games are one of the world’s biggest multi-sport events and PwC is delighted to support the event and local tourism through our sponsorship of the NI Tridents Ice Hockey Club.
“Since its formation in 2010 the team has worked closely with clubs and schools, encouraging participation in sport, a love for ice hockey and an understanding of the work of the emergency services.
“We’re pleased to help further those aims.”
The WPFG will feature around 56 sports at 42 venues across Northern Ireland and, due to its popularity; the ice hockey tournament will start even before the official opening of the 2013 Games.
The ice hockey tournament will run from 25th July - 9th August at the Dundonald Ice Bowl and Belfast’s Odyssey stadium.
Welcoming the support for the Tridents, Club Chairman and Team Captain Kyle Gordon of the Police Service of Northern Ireland said:
“The fact that Northern Ireland has attracted a sporting competition of the scale and calibre of the World Police and Fire Games speaks volumes for the positive way in which our country has moved forwards in recent years, and the NI Tridents are immensely proud to be involved in promoting this image of Northern Ireland to the international community through the Games.
“It is a real privilege and honour for us to have been offered support from an international giant such as PwC. I think it speaks volumes for the company’s dedication to supporting and promoting sport at all levels in Northern Ireland.
“We are looking forward to working with PwC in raising the profile of Northern Ireland and the work of the emergency services in the run up to the Games.”