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02
Sep

Athlete Registration Begins October 1st

Posted by on in Road To The Games

b2ap3_thumbnail_newsletter-0914.jpgThe vigil began as far back as August 10, 2013 during the closing ceremonies of the 2013 World Police & 

Fire Games in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

With the 2015 Games already awarded to Fairfax County, the anticipation grew with each passing day. The question we heard most frequently was predictable: “When can we sign up?”

In a few short days that wait will be over.

On Wednesday, October 1, individual and team registration will officially open for the 2015 World Police & Fire Games, set to unfold in Fairfax County and the National Capital Region from June 26 through July 5. With 61 sports to be contested at 53 venues across ten days next summer, athletes and police and fire officials will soon be able to stake their claim to a guaranteed slot within the competition. “Athlete registration is a critical milestone as this activity truly kickstarts the momentum for the Games,” said Fairfax 2015 Vice President of Venues & Competition DJ Mackovets. “The buzz and the chatter on social media and the Fairfax 2015 website have been enormous. We know that the moment registration opens, the action will be furious. We fully expect several sports to ‘sell-out’ in a matter of weeks.”

The urgency, Mackovets says, is legitimate. As the potential competitive field for several of the sports can be limited by venue size and available dates, once a field is filled, it’s filled. “Obviously, events such as cross country, swimming, half-marathon and several of the cycling sports could accommodate an unlimited number of participants, you can only fit so many flag football, softball, volleyball and soccer teams into a venue and only field a limited number of weightlifters, wrist wrestlers and martial artists,” he said. And once a competition field is filled, well, “you can’t squeeze a round peg into a square hole,” Mackovets says.

Once open, registration will take place exclusively online through the competition website – www.fairfax2015.com. Each event will carry its own pricing structure with rules, regulations and
tournament formats clearly defined and also available online. There is no pre-qualification necessary, no preliminary tournaments nor feeder events, and the Games are structured so as to provide a
competitive balance for teams and individuals across all sports, with divisions specifically for beginners, intermediate and advanced participants.

“We strongly advise and encourage all interested parties to read and review the rules, regulations and requirements of each sport thoroughly, well in advance of registration opening,” Mackovets says. “This way, they can pull the trigger quickly when the site goes live.”

For additional information, or to register (after October 1), visit www.fairfax2015.com.

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10
Jan

Roll Out of Verified Profiles and Page Badges on our Social Network

Posted by on in Website Tutorials & Updates

b2ap3_thumbnail_Verified-Accounts-BLOG.jpgWe have begun to roll out a new feature on our own Fairfax 2015 Social Network to assist WPFG athletes, family and fans in getting official answers to your questions.

Taking a page from Twitter, Facebook and other social networks we have made the decision to add 'Verified' badges on profile and fan pages. The badges will appear as a red check next to the name. In the initial roll out the individuals who will receive the verified designation are:

 - Fairfax 2015 Management 
 - Fairfax 2015 Sports Coordinators
 - World Police & Fire Games Federation Official

We take the extra step to add this feature to profiles and pages to help you be sure that they are who they claim to be. Please keep in mind that not all authentic profiles and pages are verified and (at this time) you can't request to have your profile or page verified. You can report fake accounts that are impersonating you, your business or brand. 

If your profile or page isn't verified, there are other ways to help your followers or the people that like your page know that your identity is authentic. For example, you can: Link to another social media account such as Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin; Complete the About section of your profile or page to provide more information.

We may expand the verification system to Athletes, Coaches and Team Captains in the near future once our web staff is expanded in order to handle these requests. 

 

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12
Feb

Bill Knight Appointed President & CEO of 2015 World Police & Fire Games

Posted by on in Press Releases

b2ap3_thumbnail_knight.jpgFAIRFAX, Va., – The Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games Board of Directors recently announced that it has appointed Bill Knight as President & CEO. 

With 25 years in the sports industry and over 20 years of executive leadership primarily with major international event management and consulting groups, Mr. Knight brings a new strategic focus and proven team success to the Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games (WPFG). 

Previous to this appointment, Mr. Knight operated a consulting practice in Atlanta, GA. He served as Vice President of Venue Operations for World Cup USA in 1994, and as the General Manager for all venues and events in Athens, GA for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.. He also served as Vice President, Business Operations for the Atlanta Super Bowl XXXIV Host Committee prior to starting his own business. Mr. Knight holds a Masters of Sport Management from Ohio University and a Bachelors in Business from Wake Forest. 

“We are fortunate indeed to have Mr. Knight lead the team of Fairfax’s 2015 Games,” said Barry Biggar, CEO for Visit Fairfax. “His passion for sports, his exceptional experience, his comprehensive understanding of these types of mega events and what they mean to a community, as well as his commitment to ensure the 2015 World Police and Fire Games are the best ever, are all critical to their success. It is now time to escalate and expand on the exceptional work the current team in place has already done and Mr. Knight is clearly the person to do that.” 

Knight commented, "This international event is a great gift to our community. It presents a tremendous opportunity to foster regional partnerships, stimulate economic growth and showcase the amenities the National Capital Region has to offer. I am thrilled to join the team in welcoming the world's public safety heroes and look forward to helping make the 2015 World Games truly memorable." 

About The World Police & Fire Games
The World Police & Fire Games are the second largest multi-sport event in the world, surpassed only by the Summer Olympic Games. The event draws more than 12,000 athletes from police, fire and other public safety agencies representing 70 different countries to compete in 1,600 medal events across 40 sports. Fairfax 2015 is a nonprofit 501(c)3 established to organize, manage and operate all activities related to hosting the 2015 Games which will take place throughout the National Capital Region June 26 to July 5, 2015. Visit http://fairfax2015.com for more information. 

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