Community bands together to host Masters Games

 THE community is banding together to ensure the success of the Naracoorte Masters Games.

Works have been done by all the sporting clubs and voluntary helpers ahead of the huge event on April 4-7.

Masters Games coordinator Jan Bittner said there was a huge number of people involved.

"We've been grading roads into Cockatoo Lake which is where the dragon boatng is being held, doing extra maintanence on IB Edwards Oval, the swimming lake is being maintained for longer than normal to cater for the games," she said.

"I think the event organisers are working hard with their individual events, taking phone calls and trying to get entrants into teams if the sport requires that.

"They're all working really hard to make it a big success.

"As well as the events some are organising catering on-site all day and doing an evening meal."

Mrs Bittner said there was always room for more helpers and encouraged community members to put their hand up.

"If anyone wishes to assist in any way please come in and see us and tell us what you would like to do," she said.

"We will particularly need help with the swimming and athletics, in the registration centre and at the opening and closing ceremonies."

Mrs Bittner said the Masters Games was not just about the sporting competition either.

"It is a great time for people to catch up and socialise too," she said.

"It's quite a spectacle to actually go up to the sports centre, turn around and see something happening everywhere you look, on all the different ovals and courts."

Naracoorte Lucindale Council mayor Erika Vickery agreed.

"I really encourage all our community, even if they are not participating or volunteering, to go as spectators," she said.

"Support the sports and make use of the entertainment and social side."

An event was held to thank the sponsors of the 2014 Naracoorte Masters Games.

"Without them we would have to find the funds elsewhere," Mrs Vickery said.

"We are really appreciative of their support, knowing the economy and how things are difficult I am always amazed at how you, the people in our community, make it happen."

Naracoorte and the surrounding district will reap the rewards of the Masters Games when visitors come from all over the State and beyond.

"The economic benefit of these events, and not just the Masters Games but all of them, is huge," Mrs Vickery said.

Don't miss it

- The opening ceremony on April 4 (Friday) will include a march by all competitors from the P and A Society on Sandstone Ave to the roundabout on Ormerod St. Participants are asked to meet at 5.30pm for a 6pm start.

- April 6 (Sunday) will be a great day for spectators with the feature cycling event of the games, the Masters Mile. From 8am cyclists will do laps up and down Ormerod St until they have completed the distance. A produce and craft market will be held in the adjacent town squares all morning and some businesses will be open. Grab a bite to eat, browse the stalls and find a comfortable spot to cheer on your favourite competitors. Some medals will also be presented.

- After another full day of events, the closing ceremony on April 6 (Sunday) will be at 4pm by the flag pole outside the Naracoorte Football Clubrooms. This will signify the end of the event and the Masters Games flag will be handed over to the next hosts - The Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council.

Road closures

Ormerod St will be closed from 7am to noon on April 5 (Saturday). Access to parking on Riverside Dr, Foodland and the other shops will be open via entry from Sandstone Ave.

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