John Maxwell, chaplain to the Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, will be heading out from his Westlea home in July to Tenerife, where he will be competing in the European Police and Fire Games.
Unlike the Olympics, the Police and Fire Games are held every 2 years, and John has competed in three tournaments since 2006, scooping 8 medals in athletics and table tennis.
John explained: “All the different ranks and ages take part in 76 events altogether. This year I’ll be competing in the table tennis with my colleague Sean Carpenter from Stratton.”
Later in the year John will be returning to the Gambia as a representative of the football charity Kit Aid, which provides football kit and equipment for teams and communities in Africa.
Having returned from his last visit in December, John is becoming quite a well-known figure over there. He said: “As soon as the baggage handlers saw me at the airport they were after me for kit!
“I’ve visited about 4 times and we always get a good reception. Football plays such a big part in everyone’s lives. If they don’t have a football they’ll kick a ball of string about!”
John is always on the look-out for donations of kit that might otherwise get thrown away. If you have spare boots or jerseys that your children have outgrown contact John on 07830 609372.