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APSU officer bowls over competition in world games

August 27, 2001

An Austin Peay police officer who competed for the first time in the World Police and Fire Games broke a world record in the Open Grand Master Bowling event.

Patrolman Larry Cantu, an APSU police officer for eight years, was invited to attend the world games in Indianapolis by the Clarksville Police Department (CPD). Cantu was the University's first representative.

More than 60 countries sent 10,000 police and firefighters to compete in the Olympic-style events.

“I met people from Russia, Lithuania and all over the world,” Cantu says.

Cantu had bowled competitively with CPD officers in the Tennessee Police and Fire games for four years. His fellow officers recognized his talent and invited him to the world games.

He bowled an average score of 215.

Cantu also has earned nine gold medals and two silver medals in the Tennessee State Games.

The World Police and Fire Games began in 1987 in Indianapolis and attract more than 30,000 visitors worldwide. The next games will be held in 2003 in Barcelona, Spain. Cantu says he'll be there.