The 2013 goal: to deliver the friendliest World Police and Fire Games ever.
"They did. They honestly did," said Const. Tammy Herman, the lone member of the Ridge Meadows RCMP to compete at the multi-sport event in Belfast, Ireland last month.
Involving serving and retired police, fire, prison, and border security officers, the Games had close to 7,000 competitors from around the globe come together to compete in 56 sports at 41 venues, with 3,500 volunteers.
Sports ranged from ice hockey to wrist wrestling.
Herman believes it's the third largest sporting competition in the world, behind the Olympics and soccer's World Cup.
"The Games are for camaraderie and competition, don't get me wrong," she said.
Herman, who joined the RCMP 1980, stepped away from policing to be a stay-athome mom, then rejoined the force in 1998. She's been with Ridge Meadows RCMP now for 15 years.
She is the widow of Randy Herman, a 30-year RCMP veteran who died from cancer in 2006. Their 23-year-old son Tyler is a CBSA officer and 28-year-old son Sheldon is a Mountie in Kelowna.
The DNA coordinator for the detachment, Herman is currently coordinating Spurs, a 30-week program run by the Ridge Meadows RCMP for youth between the ages of 14 and 18 who are interested in a career in law enforcement.
The program started Sept. 12.
"I put them through every form of law enforcement that I can put in front of them so they can get a good, honest, knowledge of where they want to hit," explained
And while she's a seasoned RCMP constable, Herman is also no stranger to Games competition.
She won two golds in the women's golf at the 2011 Games in New York, an event tarnished somewhat when Hurricane Irene blew through the Big Apple the day of the opening ceremonies.
"It was kinda chaos," she recalled. "It wasn't a good Games. It was pretty chaotic. That's why I think I did so well, because a lot of the people didn't show up. A lot of the events were cancelled so they just didn't bother coming."
Two years before the New York event, Herman golfed at the Games in Whistler.
"That was the first time I really competed and I was scared to death," Herman said. "When I realized it was just for fun, I did okay after that."
This summer, facing a strong field in the ladies 50-plus age category while navigating tricky courses - that featured predominantly hilly greens surrounded by sand bunkers - Herman won a bronze medal in the 23-plus singles handicap, as well as a silver (along with teammate Judith Devoe) in the 18-plus team handicap competition.
"I'm not a good golfer," Herman said frankly. "I have fun, and that's probably one of the reasons why I do good, because I go with the attitude that I am never going to get a medal, I'm just going there to have fun and for the camaraderie.
"I don't go there with any expectations, I don't get myself all worked up, I just go to have fun and it seems to work."
This was Herman's first visit to northern Ireland and she said the experience was a memorable one.
"One out of 10, this would have been a 12," she said. "The people in Belfast were just lovely, just open arms. And the committee was so organized that I honestly didn't hear about anything that wasn't available or ready for us."
What brings her back to the Games every couple of years is the camaraderie and friendships she has forged, some that will probably last a lifetime. There's a common bond that brings all of the competitors together, although ice hockey can get very competitive, with super powers like Canada, the United States, and Russia involved.
"You'll get someone injured and everybody will stop just to assist that person and get them going again," Herman said. "It's not cutthroat. Yes, there's competition but I can tell you if an officer's hurt, the place stops and everybody helps him."
Herman will hit the links in the future for another international law enforcement competition.
Opposite to the World Police and Fire Games is the upcoming 2014 Can-Am Games, started as a fun rivalry pitting Canada against the United States.
Then it's on to the next World games in Fairfax, Va. June 26 to July 5, 2015.
While she plays other sports, Herman said a serious injury sustained in a 2004 car accident, while she was on duty, has limited her abilities.
"I just find golf to be relaxing," Herman said.
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