From 8 through 18 August, a team of 40 police officers, firefighters, customs and corrections staff will represent The Netherlands at the World Police & Fire Games (WPFG). In Chengdu (China), together with 8,000 colleagues from 80 countries, they will compete for the titles in 54 sports events.
In addition to strengthening the friendly international ties between these guardians of public order and safety, the competitors at the WPFG will show the world what collaboration, perseverance, friendship and sportsmanship mean.
To save lives, you have to be fit
The Dutch delegation in Chengdu consists of 40 competitors, each with their own story and motivation for participating in the WPFG. Jeroen Kranendonk (31), who works for the Rotterdam-Rijnmond Fire Department, is one of the competitors at the WPFG in Chengdu.
‘In the fire service, you are available day and night to help people in need. To save lives, you have to be fit. I’m a fanatic at Crossfit and that’s why I can do my job as a firefighter well. I’ve set up a special area at the station, so that I can train during my shifts as well. Representing the Netherlands in the Crossfit event at the WPFG in Chengdu is a dream come true,’ says Jeroen Kranendonk.