Jono claims double medal glory

CFA’s Jono Gawthrop trumped the competition to win not one but two gold medals at the Police and Emergency Services Games.

As a career firefighter at Dandenong, Jonathan put his goggles on to compete in his first games.

Jono out swam the competition winning gold in both the 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly which were held at the Victorian Police Academy Saturday 19 March.

Jono has been a firey with CFA for almost three years and said he got back into swimming specifically to participate in the 2017 games.

“I used to swim competitively when I was 18 but I gave it up to play football,” Jono said.

“Since joining the fire brigade I’ve given up footy and thought I would get back into swimming and the games gave me a great reason to.

“I started preparing last August by going down to the pool and swimming a few laps."

The Victoria Police and Emergency Services Games is an opportunity for people in the industry to come together, play sport and have a great time.

“The good thing about the games is mixing with different services, I was able to have a great conversation with an Ambulance Victoria member and we swapped stories.

“I even got an offer from some of the police officers asking me to join their relay team.

“I’m really looking forward to next year’s games and I’m hoping to keep up the swimming and beat a couple of my personal bests.”

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.

Author: CFA News