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Michael beats the odds and claims gold
One of CFA’s hard working members has taken home gold in the 2017 Victorian Police and Emergency Services Games and it’s not his first time either.
West Region’s Manager of Community Safety Michael Boatman once again laced up his shoes and took to the squash court to claim the gold medal.
The squash tournament saw seven competitors battle it out in a round robin of matches at the Mulgrave Country Club on Tuesday 28 March.
Michael was unsure how he would perform at the games as only 10 months ago he was recovering from shoulder reconstruction surgery.
“I’ve only been back playing squash for a month so it was surprising but a great outcome,” Michael said.
“I love playing and have played competitively since the early 90’s, so given I haven’t injured myself in the mean time I will be involved with next year’s games as well.”
Michael has worked for the CFA for over 20 years and says for the most part of his time with the organisation he has been competing in the Police and Emergency Services Games.
“Over my time participating in the games I’ve been successful at winning gold few times,” he said.
“Since the beginning of my career I have enjoyed playing in the games and interacting with the other emergency services members.
“We have a lot of fun and I encourage anyone who has ever thought about playing to join up next year.”
The Victoria Police and Emergency Services Games is an annual sporting event that emphasises camaraderie, fitness, health, and wellbeing of all emergency services workers.
The 10 day event includes more than 40 sports.