AN Oxley Police officer has made a splash at this year’s Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games in Western Australia.
Highway patrol officer Troy Gross used his years of experience in the pool to help guide the NSW team to silver in the water polo at the games.
A regular on the Tamworth water polo scene, Gross has racked up more than 28 years of experience since picking up the sport in high school.
“Water polo is my main summer sport,” Gross said.
“I started in school and have been loving it ever since.”
The eight-year police veteran said he spent many hours in the pool preparing for the games.
“Since the end of last season, I kept trying to get in the pool for training once or twice a week,” he said.
“However, with the demands of work it was a bit hard, swimming wise I was fine but in regards to the wrestle involved it was a bit tough.”
The bi-annual event consisted of more than 3300 athletes from emergency service branches from across the country.
“It was an unbelievable experience,” he said.
“Getting to meet new people and still play with old mates such as ex-Tamworth boy Graham Hill was terrific.
“It is the first time water polo has been included in the games, hopefully as the games continue to grow water polo as an event will continue to grow as well.
“I’ll definitely be back, the World Police Games are in China next year and we are already talking about going to that.”