Locals cop gold in State Police Games
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE IMMORTAL words 'Gold, Gold, Gold' from former ABC swimming commentator Norman May could well have applied to four Gladstone police officers who excelled at last month's State Police Games in South-East Queensland.
Between them, Marcus Cryer, Angela Cush, Rebecca Martin and Anissa Smith won 26 medals, 15 of which were gold.
Smith starred in Equestrian at Caboolture, bringing home 13 medals (five gold, four silver and three bronze).
She was one of the standouts of the competition on her trusty horse Palamo Impress Ahoney.
'It was nice to do so well and I was proud to finish runner-up in the High Point of the Series award, a nice reward to the twoday event,' Smith said.
Cush was another of the local stars, dominating the athletics competition at Aspley on her way to a nine-medal haul (six gold, three silver).
During competition, Cush came up against Olympic javelin silver medallist Joanna Stone and said she really enjoyed taking part in the games.
'I had a lot of fun, everyone was so nice and it was such a great atmosphere to compete in,' Cush said.
Meanwhile, Martin and Cryer were on fire at the Gold Coast Fishing competition scoring four gold medals between them.
Martin had a secret weapon on the way to gold in the individual angling event and caught the most fish overall.
'I don't really want to say how I caught so many fish, I will let you know after The Observer Boyne-Tannum Hookup ? but I was happy to win,' Martin said.
Cryer also had a good time, bringing home the biggest fish award after catching a 64cm parrotfish.
'I was pretty lucky, but it was nice to catch it anyway,' Cryer said after the competition.
Martin and Cryer also teamed up to win gold in the pairs event.