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Policeman’s Role At Commonwealth Games

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Mike Foster loves his sport, and has played to a good level.

But as a footballer, he knew the pathway was narrow. Even though he did capture national soccer prize the Chatham Cup with Napier City Rovers in 2002, he never really gave a second thought to such things as the Olympic and Commonwealth Games or the Fifa World Cup.

If there was a disappointment, it was finishing top also in the league, but losing the grand final.

At the age of 48 and with most aspirations to sporting grandeur now one of life’s bygones, busy as a father of two and keeping his toe in as a social-grade footballer – plus doing triathlons including Taupo Ironman – Mike Foster got to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games on Queensland’s Gold Coast last month.

Photo: Mike Foster, a Commonwealth Games villager back on the job as a detective in Hawke’s Bay. Photo / Doug Laing

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