by David on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013. Speaker
Earlier this year David was honoured to be invited to lead the motivation effort for the record breaking International World Police and Fire Games. The largest volunteer event of it’s kind in history, David designed a bespoke session that would excite, inspire, and motivate the delegates to make it the most successful event of it’s kind.
Speaking of David’s contribution to the landmark event, Lynne Greenwood said;
David played a key role in the successful delivery of the recent World Police and Fire Games Orientation Training; the largest ever gathering of its kind. David was enthusiastic and professional from the start, he chatted and met us beforehand to ensure his piece was pitched with a strong link to our overall message that volunteers would deliver the Friendliest Games; he didn’t miss this throughout his delivery. This event required something unique, something memorable and something that everyone would go home talking about – David delivered all of these! The standing ovation, cheers and whoops of over 3,000 people in one place at the end was testament to his fabulous involvement!
The WPFG is a biennial event for serving and retired police, fire, prison and border security officers comprising a wide range of individual and team sports. it was established by and organisation called the World Police & Fire Games Federation, based in San Diego, California.
It was a massive coup for Northern Ireland to win the right to stage the Games as it involved a very competitive process with numerous other cities bidding against Belfast. Indeed the 2013 event was the first time that they were hosted on the British Isles and only the third time in their 28 year history that they were hosted in Europe.
A company (2013 World Police & Fire Games Ltd) was set up to deliver the event. It was overseen by a Board of Directors Chaired by Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie, including representatives from partner organisations including DCAL, PSNI, NIPS, NIFRS, Belfast City Council, NITB and Sport NI, plus three independent nominees.
Speaking about the opportunity, David said:
I perform at events all over the world now, but every once in a while an opportunity comes up that knocks even my socks off. Building a motivational training and orientation program for over 3000 delegates has easily been the highlight of my year – and working with the WPFG team, JPR, and Volunteer now has been a real joy and pleasure. I’ll not forget this event for a very long time indeed – THANK YOU WPFG!