The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is pleased to have been able to support local firefighters at the 10th World Firefighter Games.

The Company provided travel for 30 Island firefighters to and from the event and would like to congratulate everyone who represented the Isle of Man during the ten days of competition.

Based in an around Liverpool, the Games saw 3,500 firefighters representing 38 nations take part in 73 sports. There were 16 medals won by the Isle of Man team – eight gold, five silver and three bronze.

The gold medal successes included Floyd Askin in light heavyweight judo and Neil Parsons, who was awarded seven in trap, skeet and sporting shooting.

Sub-officer Mark Caley, who came 14th in the mountain biking, said everyone involved had thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

“It was a fantastic event, and it was great to meet up with so many colleagues from around the world,” said Mark. “The mountain biking was tough. It was a good course and great fun, but it did get very muddy!”

Chief Fire Officer Brian Draper, who came 23rd in the mountain biking, said: “The Games take place every two years and with this year’s event being held so close to home, we really wanted to represent the Isle of Man. On behalf of our team, I’d like to thank the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company for providing travel for us to the games.”

Other competitors who took part included Tim Calladine, Gary Hinds and Steve Brearley.

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: “We were only too pleased to be able to help the Isle of Man Fire Service. The event is a fantastic idea and we were happy to play our part in helping the team promote the Island.”