THE 2014 Masters Games is fast approaching - and expectations from organisers are growing.
Two new sports - swimming and dragon boat racing - have been confirmed for the April 2014 event, taking the total to 21 sports this time around.
Naracoorte Lucindale Council director of planning environment and community development Steve Bourne said planning was well underway, with sponsorship still being sought.
"We're actively seeking sponsorships now," he said. "But we acknowledge the tough financial situation."
Sporting clubs have their events largely planned and registration booklets are close to being printed.
With more events and word of mouth about the success of the 2010 Naracoorte games, Mr Bourne is expecting more people this time.
"Last time we had about 1100," he said. "It would be good to match or exceed that." It was hoped more locals would compete.
With a huge influx of people into town the issue of where they are all going to stay is key. The Visitor Information Centre reported there are 580 beds available in Naracoorte for travellers.
Last time this was also an issue, but a suggested solution of billeting people was not required.
"A whole lot of regional people would come for the day to compete and then return to places like Mount Gambier," Mr Bourne said. "If we got 5000 people this time we'd be in deep - we could cater for 1200-1500 people quite easily."
Camper vans and caravans brought by competitors would ease any accommodation stress.
If Naracoorte's capacity is reached, competitors could also be housed in outlying towns.
The games is currently looking at a small operating profit despite sponsorship being down.
"Financially we're looking quite sound," Mr Bourne said. "If interested people want to sponsor, contact council and we can provide a package."
For more information go to http://www.naracoortemastersgames2014.com.au/index.html.