Double gold glory at World Police and Fire Games

August 5, 2013

There were double celebrations for Newry and Mourne over the weekend as two local sportsmen scooped gold medals in separate events at the prestigious World Police and Fire Games.

Newry City Runner, Don Travers, raced home to glory in the 8 kilometre mountain run held at Donard Park in Newcastle on Saturday while local hero Glyn O’Brien lifted the gold medal in the Downhill Mountain Biking event on the Kilbroney Mountain Bike Trails on Sunday.

Thousands of spectators soaked up the sun and the festival atmosphere as the third largest multi-sport event in the world came to Rostrevor for the mountain bike events last weekend.  Almost 500  mountain bike competitors took to the world class trails in Kilbroney, showcasing  the new facility to a worldwide audience.

For gold medal winner Glyn, taking the top prize in his event was the icing on the cake after a hectic few months where he not only trained to compete in the downhill competition, but was also at the helm in co-ordinating and promoting the event and preparing the infrastructure for the Mountain Bike Trails.

Of course, this is not the first time the seasoned mountain bike racer has tasted success on the world stage. Already a gold medal winner in the WPFG in New York, the Newry fireman also took home a silver and two gold medals from the WPFG in Canada in 2009 and in 2007 he was placed second in the World Masters Downhill Championships in France.

Speaking to The Examiner following his success on Sunday, a jubilant Glyn said the whole weekend had been “absolutely amazing!”

“What a blast!” said Glyn, clearly still on a high from his gold medal success.

“The whole weekend has gone so brilliantly and provided such a boost for this area that to win a gold medal as well is really just the icing on the cake! We’ve had great support throughout the weekend with crowds of people turning up to watch top class mountain biking from world renowned competitors and enjoying the whole festival feel too.

“What’s really rewarding is to hear the feedback from so many of the competitors who had come from all over the world for the events in Rostrevor. They were so impressed with the trails and what this area had to offer, a lot of them told me they wanted to stay longer. It’s been fantastic  for Newry and Mourne and everyone involved in hosting the Mountain Bike event should be very proud.

Glyn also commended the support of Newry and Mourne Council for the event as well as Chain Reaction Cycles and Dromara Cycles for their help and assistance throughout the weekend.