Boholana cop wins 3 medals at World Police and Fire Games 2022 in Netherlands

Police Staff Sergeant Maria Caress Cenabre Arnejo of the Bohol Tourist Police Unit, Bohol PPO won gold, silver and bronze medals at the World Police Games and firefighters 2022 in the Netherlands. | Photo courtesy of the Regional Police Office (PRO) FB page

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A policewoman from Boholana made the country proud by winning three medals at the 2022 World Police and Fire Games in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Police Staff Sergeant Maria Caress Cenabre Arnejo of Bohol Tourist Police Unit, Bohol Provincial Police Bureau (BPPO) won the gold medal in the Karate Kumite 30+ Kyu category Belt; a silver medal in the 30+ 10,000 meters and a bronze medal in the Kata Kyu karate belt.

The event brought together more than 10,000 competitors from 70 different countries around the world.

Participants tested their mettle in 63 different sports disciplines such as CrossFit, athletics, water polo, kite surfing and ultimate firefighter. The event was held from July 22 to July 31, 2022.

According to a press release issued by the Central Visayas Regional Police Office, the main objective of the event is to stimulate sportsmanship and earn respect from all public service providers.

Arnejo, 34, from Tagbilaran City, Bohol, is an athlete by heart and has been actively involved in various sports activities since her school days. She joined the police department on July 2, 2012, under the ROMANS class.

Her entry into the police did not stop her from pursuing her passion for sports and even managed to excel in both areas.

In fact, she has won many awards and accolades while representing Bohol PPO in different sports competitions. She was a gold medalist of the Karate Team Kumite 2019 at the PNP-AFP-BFP Olympic Games and in provincial sports competitions.

For Arnejo, perseverance and presence of mind are key elements to excel in any field in which she participates, whether in sport or public service.

“Perseverance and presence of mind are good traits of an athlete and a public servant. In every competition, I always tell myself to focus on it and have the right mindset for competitive play. Ang mga Bol-anon dili na basta-basta mo hunong, padayon sa iyang mga tinguha nga makab-ot ang pangandoy,” Arnejo said. /rcg

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