Top gun Tom McMahon wins gold at World Police Games

Tom McMahon
Clonmel man Tom McMahon won his third individual gold medal at the World Police and Fire Games in Belfast last month.

Clonmel man Tom McMahon won his third individual gold medal at the World Police and Fire Games in Belfast last month.

Tom, a retired Detective Garda, struck gold in the Clay Shooting event.

The World Police and Fire Games is a biennial event for serving and retired police, fire, prison and border security officers.

Tom previously struck gold in the same event at the games held in Australia in 2009 and Canada in 2007.

He runs the well-known Bernie Macs pub in the Old Bridge, Clonmel with his wife Bernie.

The Games is the third largest international multi-sport event in the world and was the largest-ever sporting event to take place in Northern Ireland. 56 sports were held at 41 venues, with competitors from 67 countries taking part. This was the first time the Games were held in Ireland.

3,500 volunteers helped deliver what were regarded as “the friendliest Games ever”.

The event also left a lasting legacy as a result of extensive services engagement in the community, schools and with young people, and through the three official charities.

The concept of promoting sport and fraternity within the police and fire fighting communities began in 1967, with the staging of the first ever California Police Olympics. This concept grew and led to the establishment of the World Police and Fire Games Federation (WPFGF) in 1983, with the first Games taking place in San Jose in 1985.

The next Games will take place in Fairfax, Virginia from June 26-July 5 2015.