Isle of Man fire officers struck gold at the recent World Firefighter Games in Liverpool.
The eight-strong team scooped an impressive eight gold, five silver and three bronze medals at the event.
Clay pigeon shooter Neil Parsons made a significant personal contribution to that total as he secured no fewer than seven golds in a 10 medal haul in three different disciplines.
Edward Oldham reports (audio file attached):
The retained Laxey firefighter, who has represented the Isle of Man at the Commonwealth Games, was on target in the trap (three gold, one silver), skeet (three golds) and sporting competitions (one of each).
Shooting team-mate Jason Wright, also of the Laxey station, bagged a silver in the skeet and silver and bronze in the sporting.
Jason underlined his versatility by then picking up a pool cue to pot his way to silver in the nine-ball doubles and bronze in the eight-ball doubles competitions.
The other member of the Island team to hit the gold trail was full-time officer Floyd Askin, who defeated all-comers to land top honours in the judo.