Sunderland Taekwondo cop wins silver at games

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HIGH-KICKING policeman Martin Finn has given the opposition a beating.

Pc Finn, based at Sunderland’s Gillbridge station, represented Northumbria Police in the World Police and Fire Games held in Northern Ireland.

He competed in the Taekwondo section and took silver.

“I was really proud to be representing Northumbria Police in this international competition,” said Pc Finn, who has been competing in the Korean martial art since 2002.

“I was even more proud to walk away with a silver medal.

“It was a pleasure to meet like-minded police and fire officers from all over the world, especially the team from the Hong Kong Police Department.

“It was a friendly atmosphere, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Pc Finn devotes a lot of time to the sport, but not that much to competing.

“A large portion of my training time involves coaching youngsters, which does not allow a great deal of time for competition,” he said. “I’ve no competitions coming up in the near future, but have my eye on the next World Police and Fire Games taking place in America in 2015.”

Inspector Sam Rennison, from Sunderland Area Command, said: “Pc Finn has done Northumbria Police proud in the World Police and Fire Games and put the force on the map.

“I’d like to congratulate him on his silver medal and wish him luck for any future competitions he’ll become involved in.”