That’s A Wrap: SOFLO’s Jennifer Martin Adds To Medal Haul With Silver At Open Water Swim


By Sharon Robb

CHENGDU, China, August 16, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Jennifer Martin officially ended the 18th Chengdu 2019 World Police and Fire Games with one more medal.

Martin took a silver medal at the Aug. 15th 2-mile open water swim. She finished with five gold medals, four silver medals and two world records in her international swimming debut.

The City of Pembroke Pines Police Sergeant swam five individual events and four relays over three days at the Tian Fu Sports Area pool.

“Thank you Chengdu for the most amazing experience,” Martin wrote on her Facebook page. “As much as I did, no where near enough time; so many other things I wanted to see. Time to start making my way home with a few days in Beijing to visit the Great Wall and Forbidden City. And for those who were curious…I did get stopped by security, they had to check my bag of medals.”

Martin was sponsored by the Broward County PBA (Police Benevolent Association). Toyota of North Miami and several family members and friends also donated to her Blue To Chengdu Go Fund Me.

The World Police and Fire Games is a worldwide sporting event held every two years with more than 10,000 attendees. The games are an Olympic-style competition of policemen and firefighters from 70 countries across the world who compete in 60 sports.

Participants are police officers and firefighters from correction, probation, border protection, immigration, and customs from any country in the world.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Jennifer Martin Ready For International Debut At 18th World Police And Fire Games In China


By Sharon Robb

CHENGDU, China, August 8, 2019—Jennifer Martin of South Florida Aquatic Club will make her international swimming debut in the 18th Chengdu 2019 World Police and Fire Games Friday through Sunday.

The City of Pembroke Pines Police Sergeant will compete in five individual events and four relays over three days at the Tian Fu Sports Area.

On Friday, Martin, 38, will swim the 100-meter breaststroke, 50-meter butterfly and 200-meter women’s freestyle relay.

The swimming event is divided into two sessions. Martin will swim three events a day.

Her remaining events are the 50-meter breaststroke, 50-meter backstroke, 50-meter freestyle, 200-meter medley relay, mixed 200-meter free relay and 200-meter medley relay. She will also compete in the 2-mile open water swim on Aug. 15 at the Jintang Triathlon venue.

“As far as China, I am beyond impressed,” Martin wrote on her Facebook page. “Security is very tight everywhere. I had to bring my passport and register with the police when I got here, but at no point have I not felt safe. The Chinese people are so welcoming and doing everything to make me comfortable. Thank you again everyone for all the support. I’m not really sure how I had the courage to do this, but I am so glad that I’m here.”

Martin is at her optimum fitness and competitive level. In June, she tuned up at the U.S. Police & Fire Championships in San Diego where she won nine gold medals in individual and relay events and broke two meet records over 2.5 hours at Southwestern College in Chula Vista. It was the second consecutive year Martin had won nine gold medals at the meet.

Martin started training seriously a year ago for Chengdu.

“I took my fitness to another level,” she said. She shaved three minutes off her 5K time and started eating healthier while baking brownies and peach cobbler for her work mates.

“Many hours of hard work, sacrifice and overcoming obstacles,” she said. “Hoping that all translates to some fast wins and success in Chengdu.”

The World Police & Fire Games are held every two years. The 2021 World Police and Fire Games are July 30-August 8 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

In her last major international competition, the 2017 World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles, Martin won seven gold medals and one silver and broke five world records over four days of open water and pool racing.

Martin is sponsored by the Broward County PBA (Police Benevolent Association)and Toyota of North Miami. Several family members and friends also donated to her Blue To Chengdu Go Fund Me.

The World Police and Fire Games is a worldwide sporting event held every two years with more than 10,000 attendees. The games are an Olympic-style competition of policemen and firefighters from 70 countries across the world who compete in 60 sports.

Participants can be police officers and firefighters from correction, probation, border protection, immigration, and customs from any country in the world.

More than 6,200 volunteers are working the Games. Longtime actor Jackie Chan is the Ambassador for the 18th World Police & Fire Games.

As the capital of the Sichuan Province and a key southwestern city, Chengdu is an important center for high-tech industry, trade, logistics, and transportation. Being an attractive tourist destination, mostly due to its abundant panda populations, Chengdu is listed on the national registry of historical and cultural cities and won the Best Tourist City award by the World Tourism Organization and the China National Tourism Administration. Additionally, it is recognized by UNESCO as a “City of Gastronomy” and it won the title of “World Excellent Tourist Destination City” by the World Centre of Excellence for Destination (an international organization which promotes sustainable tourism practices).

Chengdu is also one of the best places in China, and thus the world, to see the famous Giant Panda. Within the city, visitors can spend an entire day with them at the Panda Breeding and Research Base, and just a two-hour ride outside the city, there is the Bifengxia Giant Panda Base. Visitors can see all ages of Pandas, sometimes including newborns, and can also get up-close and personal with them.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

Pembroke Pines Police Officer Jen Martin Is 2011 World Police And Fire Games’ Golden Girl

Pembroke Pines Police Officer Jen Martin Is 2011 World Police And Fire Games” Golden Girl


August 31, 2011

WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB

Pembroke Pines police officer Jen Martin of the South Florida Aquatic Club trained diligently at the Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines with her sights clearly set on this past week’s World Police and Fire Games in New York City.

After swimming in her first World Games in 2005, Martin knew what it would take to do well against some of the best police and firefighters from around the world including Russia, Romania, Poland, Spain and Switzerland.

The hard work paid off for the 30-year-old. Martin won six gold medals and two silver medals all in career-best time performances during the two-day meet at Lehman College.

While there was a chance of Hurricane Irene threatening to spoil her best laid plans particularly when the swimming venue was turned into an evacuation center and subways were shut down, Martin got her opportunity to shine when the meet was rescheduled from Sunday through Monday and condensed into Tuesday and Wednesday.

Martin won the women’s 50-meter butterfly (30.00), 50-meter breaststroke (36.00), 50-meter backstroke, 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter individual medley and was a member of the winning 200-meter women’s medley relay.

Martin also took silver medals in the 200-meter mixed medley relay and women’s 200-meter freestyle relay.

“I didn’t really expect to do this well but I trained hard,” said Martin, who trained with SOFLO CEO and Coach Chris Anderson for the past year specifically for the World Games. She skipped last month’s masters nationals to focus on the international meet.

The World Police and Fire Games are held every two years and attracts 15,000 athletes from 70 countries competing in 69 events. It’s the second largest multi-sport event in the world, surpassed only by the Summer Olympics.

The event was held in honor of the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedy and those who lost their lives.

Because of Hurricane Irene, several events were cancelled, rescheduled or condensed.

At the 2005 World Games in Quebec, Martin took home one gold, three silver and one bronze medal.

Martin, who works the midnight shift for the City of Pembroke Pines Police Department, has a swimming background that dates back when she was 8 and continues to flourish. She earned a college scholarship to Georgia Southern and graduated from University of North Florida.

She has been an active swimmer in local, regional and masters meets since graduating. In college she was an all-conference champion.

Martin also puts her swimming to good use on the police force. Her duties include guide team, search and rescue, recovery and honor guard.

“I’ve kept up with swimming,” Martin said. “I may take a couple months break here and there but I like it.

“I am very excited about doing well,” she said. “It was kind of a relief to win my first event. I was very, very nervous. It was a good way to start the meet.”

Martin paid her own way to the World Games and used vacation time to compete. She was the lone representative of the City of Pembroke Pines Police Department. She is scheduled to return home Thursday morning and will be back to work on Friday night.

“It was a very competitive meet, the Romanians and Russians always bring their best athletes,” Martin said. “I knew I had to be at the top of my game to win the events that I did.

“I did start training for this a year ago only because I knew from my Quebec experience that there would be top-notch athletes here. For me to win I had to be the best I could be. I was able to get into really good shape. I knew there was nothing more I could do.”

Martin was happiest about her 50-meter freestyle victory since Spain’s top swimmer and Martin were entered with the same time. “I was surprised and pleased to win,” Martin said.

“I am very excited about this meet. It’s so nice to see the reward when you work so hard and you’re able to accomplish your goals. I’m excited to go back and show everybody my medals. We have some guys in the department that have kids who swim so they understand what it means and what it takes.”

Martin hopes to continue to compete in future World Games including  Belfast, Ireland and Washington, D.C.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

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