first_imgSeriousSport and SeriousFun…The 10th Australian Masters Games. You see, while I’m living in Canberra now, I’m a South Australian at heart, having lived there for most of my life. So when told the Games were heading `home’ to Adelaide, I jumped at the change to chat with Games General Manager Lachlan Clark about the event and how it’s coming together. The Games are being held from October 7-16 this year, with preparations well underway for an expected participant base of well over 10,000 people. The last Australian Masters Games were held in Canberra and the Nations Capital certainly put on a show, I was involved in helping out with the running of the Touch competition and enjoyed the event and the atmosphere of the competition. Already though, Lachlan can see the 10th Games being even bigger and better. “Participant numbers are very good at this early stage. We are ahead of the 9th Australian Masters Games at the same stage and they ended up with 10,300 participants. We would really like to see the 10th Australian Masters Games the biggest Australian Masters Games ever. “Preparations are going extremely well. The Ceremonies program is complete, the planning for the Games centre is well underway and we have had some great assistance from the South Australian Government.” With over 10,000 participants logistics is always complicated and one great initiative that this year’s Games will see is that all accredited participants, accompanying people and volunteers will be able to travel free of charge on the existing Adelaide Metro public transportation network for the ten days of the Games. Competitors for the Australian Masters Games are largely from Australia itself, with about two thirds of the participants expected to travel from interstate for the event. However, Clark and his team have already had many international entrants from Guam, Hong Kong, New Zealand, India, and the USA In Canberra in 2003, the Games had 52 sports with this number jumping to a record 64 sports for the Adelaide event. “The increase in the number of sports means that there is indeed something for everyone. It is also an opportunity to have a go at multiple sports. If you have registered a team to play touch but you also want to bring your bike and have a bash at Mountain Biking, you can simply pay the sport fee associated with Mountain Biking and have a go,” said Lachlan. “The leading sport at the moment is Golf, which is expected as there is a maximum of 300 participants, so if you are interested in playing Golf at the Masters Games, get in early. The other big sports at the moment are Athletics, Basketball and Softball.” But what about Touch? Yes, I hear you asking! Well, according to Lachlan the competition is hot. “The Touch competition is looking great and the Touch venue is fantastic for the Games,” he said. “I play in a mixed comp on Thursday nights and Touch SA really has a great set up and they are very well organised. So far we have teams entered from South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand so I think it is going to be a great competition.” It’s not just the sport that makes the Australian Masters Games an event not to be missed, but it is also the opportunity to enjoy the Games’ nightly entertainment and a chance to catch up with friends from around the country or meet new people. It’s not just about winning medals, but also about getting out and giving it a go. Lachlan also believes that for those from interstate and overseas, you can’t go past the sights of South Australia. And for a true-blue South Aussie like me, I agree with him. The 10th Australian Masters Games in Adelaide offer a fantastic opportunity to come and explore South Australia. One of the best things about visiting Adelaide is that most of the other 11 tourist regions of South Australia are no more than three hours drive away. Catch the ferry to Kangaroo Island and wander among the sea lions. Cycle through stunning valleys of vineyards on the 27km Riesling Trail in the Clare Valley. Cruise down the river on a paddle steamer in the Murraylands. Chug along on the infamous 115- year-old steam engine, the Pichi Richi, through some of Australia’s most breathtaking scenery in the Flinders. Hire a limousine and experience the best wines in the world in style as you tour the Barossa Valley. Come out for the Games and at the same time discover the secrets of South Australia. If you would like any more info on the 10th Australian Masters Games check out If you would like any more details on the Touch competition, contact Marianne Maguire from Touch SA on [email protected] or phone 08 8373 3222. By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img

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