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August 30, 2013

Jean DePlacido column: Secret service agent Goodwin starring once again in track and field

Former Salem State and Peabody High star athlete Julie Goodwin got the urge to compete again and showed she still has what it takes to be a winner, not only on the national but international stage.

The two-time All-American long jumper for the Vikings is now a secret service agent in Washington, D.C. She won the United States Police and Fire national championship in the long jump at San Diego two months ago, setting a new record (15-7 ¾) in the women’s 40-to-44 age division.

She went on to compete in the World Police and Fire Games in Belfast, Northern Ireland earlier this month and once again was unbeatable.

“I was looking to compete again and a co-worker told me about the Games,” said Goodwin, who was inducted into the Salem State Hall of Fame in 2000. “I thought this would be a great way to compete on a global level and to represent the secret service. With my work schedule it wasn’t easy to find time to train, but (my routine) consisted of an hour or longer of track jumping work and at least an hour in the gym 5-6 days a week.

“Breaking the record in San Diego at the US championships was an honor and very exciting. But winning the gold in Belfast was a greater accomplishment, competing against athletes from all over the word and so many different agencies. It was an amazing event.”

The Police and Fire Games began in 1967 in California and now include all 50 states, with many different sports and events for all full-time law enforcement officers and firefighters. The World Games, which are similar to the Olympics and attract around 10,000 entrants, started 28 years ago and are held biennially.

“I’m hoping to compete again in the next World Games in Fairfax, Virginia in 2015,” said Goodwin, who has been in Washington for the past three years.

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