Esperance Police bring home the gold

Winners: Former officer in charge Doug Backhouse, Detective senior constable Rosie Netherwood and Esperance Police senior sergeant Steve Thompson. Photo: Supplied.

Winners: Former officer in charge Doug Backhouse, Detective senior constable Rosie Netherwood and Esperance Police senior sergeant Steve Thompson. Photo: Supplied.

Esperance were well-represented at the 2018 Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games, with three local competitors taking home several gold medals.

The games ran from October 28 until November 3, with the City of Mandurah hosting more than 3,400 competitors from across globe.

The first day of competition saw Esperance Police senior sergeant Steve Thompson, Detective senior constable Rosie Netherwood and former officer in charge Doug Backhouse, all members of Esperance Golf Club, take home gold medals for their divisions.

Ms Netherwood won gold again on the following day, whilst sergeant Thompson was awarded a bronze.

The final day of competition saw Ms Netherwood awarded silver overall for the women’s event.

Ms Netherwood said it was great to catch up with people she knew, make new friends and discuss issues facing the workforce.

“Beyondblue were a major sponsor of the event so mental health was discussed a lot and they had a really good message,” she said.

“They did give out blue wristbands that a lot of the competitors were wearing throughout the games.

“It was definitely a bit of a talking point.”

Sergeant Thompson said the event was very well-run and worked to take officers away from the stresses of work.

“It was very well-run, very organised and there was a great social side to the games as well,” he said.

“They also had events throughout the evening, both the City of Mandurah put events on and the organisers had a marquee so that you could go and socialise with the other competitors.

“We got to catch up with people we knew as well as people from our agency that we didn’t know.

“I met with police from across Australia and the games had golfers from Singapore, China, New Caledonia and Hong Kong.

“It keeps you physically healthy but it also keeps you mentally healthy – taking you away from the stresses and strains of work.”