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Firefighters are fishing for medals

By This is SouthDevon  |  Posted: September 07, 2012

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TWO members of the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service have been selected to take part in the World Firefighter Games in Sydney, Australia next month.

Chris Snook, the service's sports and social association secretary, said: “Within Devon and Somerset we have the enthusiasm, drive and necessary skills to compete at the World Firefighter Games at a very high level indeed.

"The Sports and Social Association fully recognises and encourages this potential and the unique sporting opportunities the games bring everyone.”

Representing Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service this year will be Matt Mason from Special Operations and Dave Cogger from Exeter.

Both competitors have previous experience at the games, with Matt and Dave both attending the Liverpool games in 2008.

Matt then attended Vancouver in 2009 followed by South Korea in 2010. Both sportsmen then attended the Police and Fire Games in New York 2011.

Matt's schedule at Sydney will include one day of deep sea angling on Sunday 21 October, followed by three days of boxing.

Matt said: “Following my boxing success in South Korea which culminated in a Gold medal I was on a definite high, so I was extremely disappointed and frustrated not to be able to enter the boxing in the New York Police and Fire Games 2011 due to a late rule change.

“Sydney will be my very last chance to represent the service in the boxing, a sport that I love and have been involved with for so long now. I would dearly love to emulate my success in South Korea and do my brigade and colleagues proud one more time.”

Dave’s schedule will begin with freshwater angling on Saturday October 20, with deep sea angling on the Sunday followed by three days of Golf.

Dave commented: “This will be my first year for both freshwater angling at the Sydney international regatta centre and golf at Bonnie Doone GC, Moore Park GC and St Michaels GC. I am really looking forward to the challenges these new events will bring.

“I was fortunate enough to win four Golds and a Silver over two days of deep sea angling during the 2008 games in Liverpool and was just out of the medal placings last year in New York, so would love to regain my title this year.

"I have put in a fair amount of practice over the last couple of months both on the golf course and fishing in general and feel confident that I can represent Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to a high standard.”

Both Dave and Matt would both like to take this opportunity to thank the service for all the support and encouragement they have been shown. Chris added: “It is through their hard work and commitment to their sports that they are able to compete and represent the service and we are very proud of them.”

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