SA Masters Games countdown is on

DECEMBER, 2013: THE countdown to the SA Masters Games in Naracoorte is now well and truly on.

Registrations are now open for April 2014's games in Naracoorte.

Potential competitors are urged to get ready, get set and get in early for the chance to win a prize, just for entering.

"If people register early (during December) their name will be put in a prize draw," Naracoorte Lucindale mayor Erika Vickery said.

"We encourage people to register as soon as possible."

With 20 sports included in the games - dragon boating and swimming making their first appearance after not being on in 2011 when Naracoorte last hosted the games - there is expected to be over 1000 competitors at the games.

"This time around they (competitors) can register for more than one event," Mrs Vickery said.

"Last time people requested to participate in more than one."

To allow organisers to take into account people who may want to play two sports it is recommended people register early so some allowances could be made.

"The more people that indicate they'd like to compete in two events early that would give sporting groups of a picture of what is required," Mrs Vickery said.

"We certainly would like people to show their interest and support and register early."

You can sign up to enter at www.naracoortemastersgames2014.com.au or by contacting the Naracoorte Lucindale Council on 8760 1100.

Mrs Vickery said excitement was starting to build in the region ahead of the games, which run in and around Naracoorte from April 4-7, 2014.

"The Naracoorte Lucindale Council and the numerous sporting clubs in the area are looking forward to hosting the 2014 State Masters games," she said.

"Competitors will find our sporting facilities in fine form, thanks to the enthusiasm from all the clubs involved.

"People are starting to talk about the Masters Games and starting to get excited about the fact we are hosting the games.

Mrs Vickery stressed that while council was helping to organise the event, the games were "being put on by Naracoorte".

Council has paid for a games coordinator, Jan Bittner, and has members on the management committee - including Mrs Vickery herself as chair.

The management committee also has community representatives - Sue Waite, Henry Mould and Bryce Crick.

Beneath that committee is a games organising committee, chaired by Angela Northcott, and then the sporting clubs also meet with each sporting body organising their own sport.

"Council could not do it on its own," Mrs Vickery said. "Without the whole community being behind it, it makes it difficult."

She thanked the business community of the region for their "excellent" support and sponsorship.

The actual games itself is starting to take shape with Mrs Vickery outlining plans for the opening and closing ceremony.

"We'll be organising an opening ceremony in the town squares on the Friday night for all participants and sporting bodies," she said.

"And the closing ceremony will possibly be at the sports centre - where we will hand over to Clare (where the next games are)."

There will be no social gatherings organised as part of the games with the ball in the sports court on that side of things.

"We encourage the sports to take advantage of the people at their venues," Mrs Vickery said.

Shirts have been announced with the committee members wearing red tops and competitors in blue.

Major sponsor Naracoorte Sportspower will have merchandise for sale during the event.

Mrs Vickery said an ambassador had been announced, with Bordertown tennis veteran Gary Copping awarded the role.

"It shows that while Naracoorte is hosting, this is still a regional games," she said.

- Naracoorte got a taste of the high quality action they're likely to see at the Masters Games when Wortley Oval hosted an Australian Cricketers' Association Masters T20 cricket match on Sunday. Photos and coverage of the highly successful event inside.

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