Well known Fire Fighter Jean-Remi (John) Campion has returned from the Police and Emergency Service Games victorious.
In spite of being the ripe age of 50, Jean powers on and participated in five events over five days including Aquathon, Cross Country and Triathlon bringing home Gold Medals, Silver and Bronze.
Jean said it’s been a great experience and he enjoys competing.
“I decided to be part of the Police and Emergency service games as I have competed in sports all my life and now, at 50, I still like to push myself to the limits and achieve new goals.
“To come home with six medals was unreal. I achieved Gold in the 800m and 1500m track as well as personal bests for both events, silver in the Aquathon, Gold in the Cross Country, Silver in the triathlon and I also got roped in to make up the numbers for the 4 x 200 track with the Vic Police. As a team, we won bronze.
“It was great to know that NTFRS scored three points on the Police & Emergency services trophy, beating SA. These three points came from my result in the 1500 m track event,” he said.
As well as being a Fire Fighter for NTFRS, Jean is also a track coach at the Darwin Athletics Club and volunteers his time coaching the kids.
“It was the kids at the DAC that inspired me. I had been training them last year for the schools national athletic championships that took place in Brisbane last November.
“I hadn’t competed in track athletics for decades so seeing them progress and do well motivated myself to get back into competing in track athletics.
“I time trained five times a week or more, and time trialled myself every month improving each time and the results now speak for themselves.
“The next games are in the Gold Coast in 2016. More people from the NTPFES should get involved!” Fire Fighter Campion said.
Jean will be competing in the NTFRS ‘Rescue Me’ event held at NT House on Saturday the 24I April raising vital funds for Lifeline. Come and support the cause!