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6 Kelowna officers competing in World Police and Fire Games in Winnipeg

The World Police and Fire Games take place from July 28 to August 6
RCMP officers (right to left) Mike Gauthier, Ewan Dewolf, Tim Russell, Justice Lesuk, Casey Charles, Nenad Djuric, Curtis Davis, John Allison, Ryan Henley, and Steven Semlitch are all taking part as Team B.C. at the 2023 World Police and Fire Games in Winnipeg. (National Police Federation/Submitted)

Kelowna is set to be well represented at the 2023 World Police and Fire Games.

More than 8,500 firefighters and police officers from more than 50 countries will compete in over 60 events at this year’s games taking place in Winnipeg.

The RCMP are sending a ‘Team B.C.’ which feature six members of the Kelowna RCMP as well as one officer from Kamloops, Dawson Creek, Chase and Green Timbers (RCMP headquarters in Surrey). The members are:

  • Mike Gauthier – Kelowna;
  • Ewan Dewolf – Kelowna;
  • Tim Russell – Kelowna;
  • Justice Lesuk – Kamloops;
  • Casey Charles - Dawson Creek;
  • Nenad Djuric – Green Timbers (B.C. RCMP HQ, in Surrey);
  • Curtis Davis – Chase;
  • John Allison – Kelowna;
  • Ryan Henley – Kelowna;
  • Steven Semlitch – Kelowna;

Many officers have thought about competing in the games in the past, including Kelowna officers Gauthier and Russell, who also have been coaching youth sports in town for the past few years.

This year’s games in Winnipeg is taking place from July 28 to August 6.

The World Police and Fire Games are a biennial event.

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Jordy Cunningham

About the Author: Jordy Cunningham

Hailing from Ladner, B.C., I have been passionate about sports, especially baseball, since I was young. In 2018, I graduated from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops with a Bachelor of Journalism degree
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