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23
May

SPORTS UPDATE: Athlete Registration Closes for 23 Sports on May 31st

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b2ap3_thumbnail_news-23sportstoclose.jpgAthlete registration will close for 23 sports on 31 May unless maximum registration numbers are reached in advance of that date. Those sports are Basketball 5x5, Billiards, Darts, Indoor Soccer, Outdoor Soccer, Honor Guard, Police Service Dogs, Table Tennis, Wrestling, Tennis, Tug of War, Muster, Boxing, Body Building, Ultimate Firefighter, Track and Field, Flag Football, Lacrosse, Paintball, Toughest Competitor Alive, Small Bore, Baseball, and Bowling. For bracketed team sports Team Captains can add members to rosters beyond closing dates as long as the mininum number of athletes required to compete has been reached.

Other Important Closing Dates: Angling (June 5), Large Bore Rifle (June 12), Dragon Boat (June 12), Martial Arts (June 15), Softball (June 19), Orienteering (June 19), Motocross (June 19), Mountain Bike (June 21), Cycling- Street (June 21), Street Motorcycle (June 25), Open Water (June 26), Air Rifle (June 26), Swimming (June 28), Cross Country (June 28), Dodgeball (June 29), Wrist Wrestling (June 30), Triathlon (July 1), Rowing (July 1), and Half Marathon (July 3)

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07
May

Athlete Registration Deadlines Extended - 4 Sports Closed

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b2ap3_thumbnail_news-teamsportsopen.jpgFollowing a week long bracketing session in which Fairfax 2015 and World Police & Fire Games Federation officials met to determine the positioning of registered teams into various divisions, it was determined that registration would remain open for most sports beyond the originally scheduled April 30th deadline. The exceptions to this extension are Basketball 3 x 3, Rugby, Indoor Volleyball and Beach Volleyball which have been officially closed. Registration for four other sports, Badminton, CrossFit®, Golf and Ice Hockey, will be  closed as of May 15th. All other sports registration will close May 31st and beyond unless maximum registration numbers are reached in advance of those dates. Based on their current registration status, it is expected that Baseball, Lacrosse and Paintball will be the next sports to be closed out. A full listing of sports and their registration deadlines is as follows:

May 15th: Ice Hockey, Badminton, CrossFit®, and Golf.

May 31st: Basketball 5x5, Billiards, Darts, Indoor Soccer, Outdoor Soccer, Honor Guard, Police Service Dogs, Table Tennis, Wrestling, Tennis, Tug of War, Muster, Boxing, Body Building, Ultimate Firefighter, Track and Field, Flag Football, Lacrosse, Paintball, Toughest Competitor Alive, Small Bore, Baseball, Bowling

Other: Angling (June 5), Mountain Bike (June 21), Orienteering (June 19), Cycling- Street (June 21), Swimming (June 28), Open Water (June 26), Triathlon (July 1), Cross Country (June 28), Half Marathon (July 3), Motocross (June 19), Large Bore  (June 12), Street Motorcycle (June 25), Dodgeball (June 29), Wrist Wrestling (June 30), Softball (June 19), Air Rifle (June 26), Dragon Boat (June 12), Rowing (July 1), Martial Arts (June 15)

Team Captains can add members to rosters beyond closing dates as long as the mininum number of athletes required to compete has been reached. 

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26
Nov

VENUE SPOTLIGHT: The Three Feature Courses for Golf

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b2ap3_thumbnail_golf-laurelhill.jpgLaurel Hill Golf Club – You may be surprised to learn that Laurel Hill’s majestic landscape was once the site of Lorton Prison/Reformatory for much of the 20th century. Golfers can still see the prison guard towers and dormitories from the 11th tee.

Designed by course architect Bill Love, Laurel Hill is a true test for accomplished golfers as well as the many amateurs that play here on a regular basis. Laurel Hill successfully hosted the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in July, 2013.

Love’s overall design objective for Laurel Hill was to respect the existing features and let its natural beauty dictate the character and challenge of the course. By all accounts he succeeded as the golf media continue to describe the course with accolades like “one of a kind,” “visually stunning,” and “five star resort.” Laurel Hill is a 7010 yard par 71 course.

 

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Lansdowne Resort – A golf experience unlike any other in the Washington, DC area awaits you at Lansdowne Resort. The golf club at Lansdowne offers 45 holes of golf designed by world-renowned architects Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and Greg Norman.

Our rounds will be played at the Robert Trent Jones II Course. Robert Trent Jones showcases his master design touch across the Virginia countryside incorporating fields, woodlands, natural stone outcroppings and centuries’ old rock walls. While friendly, the strategic layout will test the skills of both the accomplished and novice golfer.

This par 72, 7063 yard course promises to be a memorable round every time.

 

 

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_golf-evergreen.jpgEvergreen Country Club – This 18-hole par 72 golf course was completed in 1968 and matured into one of the most popular in the area. This course measures 7096 yards from the championship tees and provides a challenging and enjoyable round for golfers of all levels. Greens and tees are bent grass while the fairways are comprised of Bermuda grass.

Evergreen Country Club, designed by Algie Pulley, has a layout which features water on 6 of the 18 holes. The very unique figure eight style golf course ensures that there are no parallel fairways. It also offers a cohesive environment where a golfer becomes one with nature. Some of the prestigious golf tournaments previously and currently held at Evergreen Country Club include, Virginia State Open Championship, USGA U.S. Amateur Qualifier, and a multitude of charity events. A new state of the art multi-row irrigation system and continuous concrete cart paths were added recently.

 

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09
Jan

FLASHBACK: Royal Canadian Mounted Police Won Curling Gold

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b2ap3_thumbnail_curling.jpgAs we look forward to Sochi 2014 we can proudly say that the Winter Olympic Games aren't the only multi-sport games to host the Curling event. The 2009 World Police & Fire Games hosted in Vancouver, British Columbia brought Curling into their sports program. 

The results for the Unisex Open Teams: Royal Canadian Mounted Police won Gold consisting of team members Fister, Blachford, Meyer and Russell. A combined agency team consisting of members from across Canada won Silver. Their team makeup included Moss, McCourt, Haichert and LaLonde. Bringing home the Bronze medal was the Canada Border Services officers with team members Oda, Derrick, Christiansen and Gayler.

Curling has been described as the “Roarin’ Game”, with the “roar” coming from the noise of a granite stone as it travels over the ice. The exact origins of the game, however, are unclear, but curling is widely believed to be one of the world’s oldest team sports.

Curling in its early days was played on frozen lochs and ponds. A pastime still enjoyed in some countries when weather permits, but all National and International competitive curling competitions now take place in indoor rinks with the condition of the ice carefully temperature-controlled. It is also clear that the first recognized Curling Clubs were formed in Scotland, and during the 19th Century the game was “exported” wherever Scots settled around the world in cold climates, most notably at that time in Canada, USA, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway and New Zealand.

During the meeting of the IOC Executive Board held June 22-23, 1993 in Lausanne, the Organizing Committee of the Nagano Olympic Winter Games (NAOC) officially agreed to include Curling in the programme of the XVIII Olympic Winter Games in 1998. Eight teams for men and women participated in Nagano, and this was increased to ten from the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games of 2002 onwards.

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04
Jan

VENUE SPOTLIGHT: Motocross Returns To The Games via Budds Creek

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Welcome to the world-renowned Budds Creek Motocross Park, in beautiful Southern Maryland. Budds Creek is the schedule venue for the return of Motocross to the 2015 World Police & Fire Games.

Nestled in the forest of Southern Maryland, Budds Creek Motocross is a legendary, world-class motocross track. It is a favorite among riders and fans alike, as it offers both great racing lines for the riders and a layout that is ideal for spectators. The Budds Creek track sits in a valley, so viewing is outstanding from many locations around the facility. Its natural terrain and scenic beauty have provided a backdrop for legendary races throughout the years, including the 1999 250cc U.S. Grand Prix in which Kevin Windham beat all of the world championship riders, including ten-time champion Stefan Everts.

On the international stage, Budds Creek hosted the 2007 Motocross of Nations, where a U.S. team made up of Ricky Carmichael, Tim Ferry, and Ryan Villopoto put in one of the most dominant performances in the history of the event, with Villopoto becoming the first rider in the history of the event to win both of his motos on a 125cc/250F machine.

 

 

Since 1989, Budds Creek has hosted a Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship event every year, whether it be a 125cc/500cc National, a 125cc/250cc National, or, in the current form, a 250cc/450cc National. It always promises some of the best races of the season.

When not hosting top-level national and international events, Budds Creek also hosts numerous amateur motocross races throughout the year. It's by far the most popular track in AMA District 7, and it is also the Mid Atlantic Motocross Association's home track. Rarely a weekend goes by without racing at Budds Creek. 

 

 

Budds Creek is located approximately 1½ hours from Baltimore, 1 hour from downtown Washington, D.C. and approximately 1½ hours from Richmond, VA directly off Maryland Highway 234 in scenic Southern Maryland. For amateur race dates, traffic has never been a problem and all routes are always clear. Pro-National Sunday events brings approximately 20,000 spectators and some minor traffic delays can be expected.

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25
Nov

Fairfax 2015 Receives Final Approval For Sports Program

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b2ap3_thumbnail_frontpage-finalsportslist.jpgLast week the Planning Team for the Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games hosted meetings with the WPFG Federation. One of the main purposes of these talks is to obtain approval for planned venues, sports program, schedules as well as the overall plan for the Games.
 
Fairfax 2015 has been working extremely hard over the past 10 months on a number of changes to improve the athlete experience. Venues have been upgraded, changes to the sports program and a robust accommodations plan with superior athlete benefits. 
 
Your 2015 Planning Team is pleased to announce the following WPFG Federation approved sports updates:
 
SPORTS GROUPINGS: Adjustments will be made to the website ( http://fairfax2015.com ) to display the sports reflective of the WPFG Registration System. As a result, our sports number will be adjusted to 61 instead of the previously mentioned 40. Most of the sports will remain grouped in the social network area due to the cross-competitive nature of the events. 
 
SPORTS TITLES: Several sports will be renamed. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will be listed as Submission Grappling. This new sport for the WPFG will be hosted by both the 2015 and 2017 Games. Other sports will be relabeled for consistency. 
 
PROGRAM CHANGE: Earlier this year a review was performed of the sports program to create a final list to present the Federation. As a result, the previously announced sports program with the addition of Baseball has been approved.  No other changes to the sports program will be made from this point forward. The final sports list for Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games is as follows:
 
ANGLING
ARCHERY
BADMINTON
BASEBALL
BASKETBALL
BENCH PRESS
BIATHLON
BODYBUILDING
BOWLING
BOXING
CROSS COUNTRY
CYCLING STREET
DARTS
DODGEBALL
DRAGON BOAT
FIELD LACROSSE
FLAG FOOTBALL
GOLF
HALF MARATHON
HONOR GUARD
ICE HOCKEY
INDOOR ROWING
JUDO
KARATE
MOTOCROSS
MOTORCYCLE STREET
MOUNTAIN BIKE
MUSTER
OPEN WATER SWIM
ORIENTEERING
PAINTBALL
PISTOL CENTER FIRE
PISTOL POLICE ACTION
PISTOL POLICE COMBAT
POCKET BILLIARDS
POLICE SERVICE DOGS
PUSH PULL
RIFLE AIR
RIFLE LARGE BORE
RIFLE SMALL BORE
RUGBY
SKEET
SOCCER
SOFTBALL
SPORTING CLAYS
STAIR RACE
SUBMISSION GRAPPLING
SWAT
SWIMMING
TABLE TENNIS
TAE KWON DO
TENNIS
TOUGHEST COMPETITOR ALIVE
TRACK & FIELD
TRAP
TRIATHLON
TUG OF WAR
ULTIMATE FIREFIGHTER
VOLLEYBALL
WRESTLING
WRIST WRESTLING
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19
Sep

BEHIND THE SCENES: Red vs Blue Sports Icons

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We answer an athlete's question from our website describing the difference between the new RED vs BLUE sports icons as related to the 2015 World Police & Fire Games. 

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18
Sep

PHOTOS: Field Hockey at the 2013 World Police & Fire Games in Belfast

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b2ap3_thumbnail_fieldhockey2.jpgJust getting around to posting our photos from the Field Hockey event held at the beautiful Stormont Pavilion in Belfast Northern Ireland.

While not scheduled for the 2015 World Police & Fire Games hosted by Fairfax County, Virginia we thought we would share with you these fantastic photos from Belfast.

The venue was situated in the unique surroundings of the Stormont Estate. The Pavilion offers a multi-purpose state of the art leisure and sports facility as well as a recently developed 2.4 million pound PlayBall facility making it the first of its kind in Belfast.  

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