Queensland Police Service (QPS) team rowed to a silver medal finish at the inaugural “Emergency Services Regatta” as part of the annual Head of the Brisbane rowing event hosted by Toowong Rowing Club.

The Emergency Services Regatta was the last event of the regatta, held last 19 October 2019, which saw three teams participating in the race: Queensland Police Service (QPS), Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) and Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES). 

Photo credit: Senior Constable Anderson – The State of Queensland (Queensland Police Service) 2019

The Toowong Rowing Club came up with the idea of the Emergency Services Regatta and assisted with the training sessions for all the crews composed of both the experienced rowers and those who are new to the sport. 

Photo credit: Senior Constable Anderson – The State of Queensland (Queensland Police Service) 2019

“A great experience for all involved and a big thank you to Janelle Filkin from the Toowong Rowing Club for her perseverance and determination in getting this race off the ground,” Sergeant Jose Sarmiento reported.

“Another thank you to the QPS team for answering the call out, trying something new (for some), for their training and attendance in their own time.

“Another big thank you to the Brisbane Water Police who came along to support the race as well.”

Photo credit: Senior Constable Anderson – The State of Queensland (Queensland Police Service) 2019

At the end of the 700-meter race, QFES team took home first place whilst QPS bagged  second place and the QAS team finished third. 

The QPS team was able to raise $147.30 for its chosen organisation — the “Community Supporting Police” — and QPS was “very pleased when members of the organisation attended and set up a stall.”

The QPS team is composed of Senior Constable Will Pattie, Senior Constable Olivia Shaw, Senior Constable Georgia Wheatley, Senior Sergeant Tim Peters, Plain Clothes Constable David Alexander, Senior Constable Dan Hill, Senior Sergeant Robb Wann, and Sergeant Jose Sarmiento.

Congratulations, QPS team!