Road To The Games


ATHLETE PROFILE : Michael Power, Swimming

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b2ap3_thumbnail_profile-mikepower.jpgSwimming comes naturally to Michael Power, and would you believe that his love for swimming has all but cured his long history of living with asthma? 
After beginning to swim during high school competitively at the Junior & Senior national level (1985-1990), he carried on and was a NAIA & NCAA division 3 All-American in college (1987-1991). Not stopping there, Michael has been a US Master's national relay champion and is currently ranked in the top 10 nationally in the 100 meter free, 50 meter free and 50 meter butterfly in the 45-59 age group.
Competing in the World Police and Fire Games in Quebec (2005), he set records in the Senior B division (100 meter free & 50 meter fly) and three more records in the Master A division in Vancouver (2009) during the 100 meter free & 50 meter free, 400 medley relay.
Born in Toronto, Canada, Michael moved to California as a young child. He always dreamed of being a professional skateboarder, and during high school even entertained a goal to work for National Geographic! After college, he began swim coaching, where he met a retired Los Angeles Police Department officer who told Michael he would be great in law enforcement!
After serving as a Harbor Patrol Officer for Santa Monica for three years, Michael then took a position as a deputy sheriff in Santa Barbara County. After 9 years with the Sheriff's Department, he shifted gears and now works with the University of CA as a police officer currently holding the rank of Corporal.
One of Michael's favorite memories from his past WPFG games comes from his time in Vancouver. He says:  

"I'd just won a gold medal and set a record in the 100 meter free.  I was wearing my medal while walking back to our room at UBC when members of the Taiwanese Police volleyball team saw I won gold.  They ran over to congratulate me.  We ended up trading a bunch of swag.  They were so friendly and excited that I got a gold medal."
Michael is looking forward to winning gold, setting records in his main events and reconnecting with friends from other agencies.  Swim, Michael, SWIM!
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ATHLETE PROFILE: Holly Bird, Karate

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b2ap3_thumbnail_bird-profile.jpgHolly Bird hails from Hertfordshire, England and is no stranger to law enforcement. With both parents retiring from a long career with the police, and her brother currently working a neighboring division, Holly herself first started her journey in law enforcement at the age of 18. Since that time, she has worked in many roles, starting out in dispatch, but recently became an Officer! She is passionate about helping genuine victims obtain true justice and that focus keeps her fueled during the long hours and sometimes adverse situations.

Because of the nature of the job, Holly is often reminded of how short life can be. Last year, the point was driven home that we all are only given one life to live, there are no dress rehearsals. Holly says “Life is too short to dwell on things that you cannot change, too short to have negative people bringing you down in your life and too short to not be making yourself happy. I have made some big changes in my life over the last 12 months. But, regret scares me a lot more than change does so I embrace it now. That change of mind set is the whole reason I jumped on the chance to come to Fairfax!” Holly, we are glad you’re making the leap!

Karate has been a part of Holly’s life for the majority, starting with Wado Ryu at the age of 8 and switching to Shotokan in her early teens. Her favorite movies/tv shows were – not surprisingly - The Karate Kid, Power Rangers and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and she wanted to learn all of the amazing moves, including the spinning high kicks. Her father was a karateka (practitioner of karate) and watching him consistently reach his goals and obtain his black belt, she too wanted that same achievement for herself.

Entering European competition when she was 18, she began to love the art of making every technique look as beautiful and accurate as possible (kata). Recently, she has also begun to enjoy kumite as well, which literally translated means “grappling hands.”

Karate is not just a sport for Holly, it is truly a way of life. She says “It’s the constant in my life that I can turn to whenever things feel out of balance. I think most martial artists understand that.” We asked what sport she would love to try or learn and she answered beach volleyball, although she readily admits that while her hand / eye coordination is stellar in the martial arts, when you add a ball to the mix, it all goes downhill.

Citing her parents as her true heroes, watching them live their lives to the fullest serves as great motivation for Holly. What an amazing surprise to Holly that her parents will be coming along with her to watch her compete at the Fairfax 2015 Games!  

Outside of her own family, she greatly respects Benny ‘The Jet’ Urquidez for his style, charisma and his love of the spiritual side of fighting. In recent years, Holly has begun to follow and hold great admiration for Ronda Rousey as she develops and smashes down barriers for women in Martial Arts. 

If Holly isn’t training or working, you’ll find her surfing! She loves being in the sea, away from the noise of everyday life. Spending time with friends and family is also important to her, especially her adorable 5 year old nephew! Holly is a firm believer of alternative therapies and enjoys growing her own plants and foods and believes in the healing power of crystals. She is an advocate of healthy homegrown foods and loves making them taste as good as the full fat versions! 

HOLLY IS MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO: meeting all of her fellow athletes, visiting DC in the summertime and is SUPER excited about seeing the Foo Fighters in concert on July 4th!



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ATHLETE PROFILE : Clara Irurita, Soccer

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b2ap3_thumbnail_clara-profile.JPGThere are only a few weeks left until the 2015 World Police and Fire Games (WPFG), hosted by Fairfax County, V.A., will hold its opening ceremonies on Friday, June 26 at RFK Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C. With an estimated 12,000 law enforcement and fire service personnel from around the globe traveling to the Washington, D.C. region, many will arrive through either Washington Dulles International Airport or Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Not only will these be the arrival sites of many of the World Police and Fire Games participants, the airports have eleven Public Safety officials who volunteered as representatives to compete in the games.

One of the competitors in the 2015 WPFG is Clara Irurita, an Airports Authority Firefighter at Washington Dulles International Airport. Irurita is a member of the women’s outdoor soccer team comprised of 11 female athletes from Police and Fire departments in surrounding jurisdictions. Although these first responders may have different jobs professionally, on the field they are all part of a team that seamlessly communicates and coordinates each play leading to wins and a great team spirit.

Irurita’s philosophy is that there needs to be a steady flow of information between everyone in order to achieve a given objective. She believes this applies in the sport of soccer and with her team, the U.S. Capitol Police Alliance, specifically.

“If we are not focused on the game or communicating to one another there is a greater chance that we would not have a good team dynamic and achieve any success on the field,” Irurita said.

As the Games approach, Irurita looks forward to the great team atmosphere and cohesiveness that leads to winning soccer matches. Despite being the only firefighter on a team of police officers, Clara recognizes that she’s part of a community, which shares the common goal of representing the U.S. during the World Police and Fire Games.

Serving as a firefighter for more than 8 years, Clara Irurita, 31, joined Station 302 at Dulles International Airport only recently, in 2014. Although, she is a newcomer to the Airports Authority, Irurita is not new to the field of athletic competition, especially in the soccer arena. Clara first began playing soccer as a child at a local park with kids in her neighborhood.  Then, she began playing competitively at the age of 14 and continued the sport while she attended college.

After 20 years of experience on the soccer field, Clara is ready to play in the WPFG as a right forward.

“This is truly an incredible opportunity to represent the nation’s capital on an international level through a sport that I have so much passion for,” said Irurita.

For Irurita and her teammates, competing on the international soccer stage brings the added challenge of facing a high level of competition from experienced teams from around the world.

Irurita is determined to not only be prepared but be in the best shape possible; she and her U.S. Capitol Police Alliance teammates are training 6 days a week and competing in soccer matches 5 days per week. In total, the team has been practicing together for 6 months.

Irurita and her teammates have learned to balance their intense training schedule with their jobs as emergency responders, which is made easier through the support of their colleagues.

“The people I work with at the Airports Authority have been very supportive, they even take time from their busy schedules to train with me each week.” she said.

Airports Authority Fire Chief Gary Mesaris is one of her biggest supporters and will be at the Games cheering for Irurita and her team.

“Since joining the Airports Authority, Clara has always shown an impressive work ethic that makes us proud to have her as part of our team at Washington Dulles International Airport,” Mesaris said. “Clara’s strong dedication and passion for her sport makes her a great participant for the World Police and Fire Games.”

Irurita recognizes that the Games are more than just about the winning for her, and she is excited to represent the U.S. as the hosts of the games. She hopes to inspire other young women to enter the field of public safety and consider competing internationally in the Games in the future – maybe as early as the 2017 Games, set to take place in Montreal, Canada, or the 2019 Games in Sichuan, China.

Athletes traveling through Washington Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on their way to or from the 2015 World Police and Fire Games are invited to visit special welcome booths on the baggage claim level to receive a free gift, while supplies last, and pick up information about the region.


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Athlete Registration for Many Sports Close May 31st

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b2ap3_thumbnail_baseball-story.jpgAs the 2015 World Police and Fire Games approach this summer, we wanted to make you aware of some important changes to the Games. Sports will close to new registrations earlier than previous Games. As a courtesy we are notifying you of the team and individual sports that will be closing on a scheduled date or until they are at maximum capacity. It is not too late to register!

To register: and click on the green ALL ATHLETES button. 

The following sports will close this Sunday, 31 May 2015:

Baseball Lacrosse Table Tennis
Basketball 5x5 Muster TCA Toughest Alive
Biathlon Paintball Tennis
Billiards Pistol Events Track & Field
Bodybuilding Police Service Dogs Trap
Bowling Skeet Tug of War
Boxing Rifle - Small Bore Ultimate Firefighter
Clays Soccer - Indoor Weight Lifting
Darts Soccer - Outdoor Wrestling
Flag Football Softball  
Honor Guard Stair Race  


Other Closing Dates:
6/12- Angling, Archery, Dragon Boat, Rifle-Large Bore, Martial Arts
6/19 - Cycling Mountain, Cycling Street, Motocross, Orienteering
6/26 - Motorcycle Street, Open Water Swim, Rifle- Air
6/28 - Cross Country, Swimming,
6/29 - Dodgeball
6/30 - Wrist Wrestling
7/1- Rowing, triathlon
7/3- Half Marathon

Closed Sports
As of today the following sports are closed (If it is a team sport players can be added to teams, but no new teams will be added):
Cross fit
Ice Hockey
Basketball 3x3
Volleyball - Beach
Volleyball - Indoor

If you have any questions regarding new registrations, please email

If you have any questions or changes regarding an existing registration please contact the WPFG Federation at

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Complimentary Ticket Vouchers Courtesy of our Official Partners Now Available for Opening Ceremony

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During the Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games athletes, friends, family and local spectators can join us for both exciting as well as inspiring events. While most sports events do not require any ticket or purchase to be a spectator, the events below do require tickets to enter. Opening Ceremony requires a seating ticket at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Athletes, Friends and Family will receive their tickets at the Accreditation Center, Hyatt Reston Hotel, Reston, VA. Complimentary Ticket Vouchers courtesy of our Official Partners for the general public are now available while supplies last.


b2ap3_thumbnail_news-rfk-1.jpgThe Opening Ceremony for the 2015 World Police & Fire Games will be hosted at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium (RFK) in Washington, D.C. This historic D.C. sports venue, and former home to the NFL Washington Redskins, has entertained spectators with its crowd-pleasing sightlines since 1961. Ceremonial events to include: Welcome celebration; parade of athletes; lighting of the torch; Athletes Oath; and an after ceremony musical concert celebration. Come join us as we celebrate the Opening of the Fairfax 2015 Games and welcome athletes, family and friends from around the world. 

PLEASE NOTE: Credentialed Athletes will receive their ticket as well as companion tickets at the Main Accreditation Center upon checkin. You do not need to request your tickets through the general public ticketing process for Opening Ceremony. 

Date: June 26, 2015
Event: Doors open at 4:00 PM, Ceremony begins at 6:00 PM
2400 East Capital Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Tickets for Athletes/Family: Credentialed Athletes & Family will receive their tickets at the Main Accreditation Center (Reston Hyatt) during credential pickup.
Tickets for General Public: All general public tickets are gone. In the case of no-shows, you may come to the RFK Fan Fest prior to the Opening Ceremony and get limited tickets that may become available. 
Transportation: METRO Rail to the Stadium Armory Station on the BLUE / ORANGE / SILVER lines. Public parking is available at the stadium.




We will close the 2015 World Police & Fire Games at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts - home to the architecturally stunning Filene Center. Join us as we celebrate the closing of the Fairfax 2015 Games and the passing of the torch to Montreal for the 2017 Games. Program includes: Closing presentation; Passing of the WPFG Flag and torch to Montreal; Closing of the Fairfax 2015 Games; After ceremony concert with the popular 80s cover band 'The Leg Warmers'.

Date: July 5, 2015
Event: Doors open at 4:00 PM ceremony at 6:00 PM
Address: 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22182
Tickets for Athletes/Family: Credentialed Athletes & Family will receive their tickets at the Main Accreditation Center (Reston Hyatt) during credential pickup.



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