Ready, set, go for friendly competition at Masters Games
MORE than 1500 sports people are set to descend on Lismore for the biennial Masters Games.
Now 20 years since their inception, the games are three days of fun, frivolity and, of course, sport held at grounds across the Lismore region from September 27-29.
Lismore City Council events officer Leanne Clark said competitors would benefit from major upgrades to sporting facilities in the region over the past two years.
She said these upgraded grounds included Crozier Field, the Albert Park Baseball and Softball Complex and the regional hockey centre at Hepburn Park.
Sports include baseball, basketball, cricket, equestrian, golf, hockey, lawn bowls, mountain biking, netball, Oztag, fitness challenge, football, five-side football, rugby union, softball, swimming and masters mini games (euchre, darts, pool and indoor bowls).
Ms Clark said the event ended up being a festival of sport and fun.
"The Masters Games is three days of fantastic fun - we'll have more than 1500 competitors from our local region, Southeast Queensland, Australia and the world descending on Lismore to socialise, renew lifelong friendships and enjoy competitive sports," she said.
"It is hard to believe this event has been going for two decades.
"I remember when we held the first Games - it was popular right from the get-go.
"We knew we had an enduring event once we saw the enthusiasm that was out there in the community.
"The fact it has grown to become such a major event on our sporting calendar is testament to the sporting spirit here in Lismore and the many hundreds of volunteers who work so hard to create an unforgettable event."
Ms Clark said this would be the 11th time the biennial event had been held in the 20 years and through it all the event had just one naming rights sponsor.
"We are also celebrating two decades of sponsorship by the Lismore Workers Club," she said.
"The club came on board as the naming rights sponsor for our very first Games and has been a faithful partner ever since.
"At this event we will pay tribute to the Lismore Workers Club and our hard-working volunteers, some of whom have been with us since the inaugural event.
"The 20th year is the perfect time to say a huge thank you to the integral people that have made the Masters Games what it is today."
For more information on the games, go to lismoremasters games.com.au.