Masters Games nearly here

THE SA Masters Games in Naracoorte is nearly here.

There are well over 800 entrants for the 20 sporting categories - a figure which has been consistently rising.

Naracoorte's SA Masters Games in 2011 had a total of 1200 competitors - a figure Mrs Bittner believes will be matched this year.

"It will be very similar this time around I think," she said.

"There might be more. We're still about a week too early to tell. With what I've already received and what is still out there - like the five football teams I know will be entering - it looks like we'll achieve the same as 2011."

People are registering from all over the State and beyond.

Some will travel to the SE from the other side of Melbourne, Queensland, New South Wales and even Western Australia.

"The majority are Statewide and Western Victoria which is what we expected," Mrs Bittner said.

"The word is really out there and now it is just about the timing and if people can fit the games into their lives.

"A few are using it in the lead-up to the Emergency Services Games which are in July."

Some of the sports have had more interest than others, like lawn bowls and athletics, but numbers are looking competitive in nearly all categories.

Dragon boat racing is one of the more unusual sports and is generating a lot of talk.

"At this stage there's one team from Mildura, two from Adelaide and others that are not yet full," Mrs Bittner said.

"It's a great opportunity for someone to have an experience with dragon boating if they've never done it before. It's a friendly competition for people that may like to have a go."

Motorkhana is still looking for entries; however, only purpose-built vehicles can compete.

It's a good one to watch though with spectators encouraged to head out to the Naracoorte Regional Livestock Exchange to have a look.

Swimming is unique in that a younger age demographic can enter compared to the other sports. People from 18 years old and up are invited to compete.

Work is still being done to ensure the games, which run from April 4 to 7, are a great success.

The Naracoorte and District Men's Shed members have been helping to get medals organised, athlete T-shirts can be bought from Naracoorte Sportspower and all sporting grounds are being kept in tip-top condition.

The athletes' bags are filled but businesses and sponsors are still invited to drop off brochures and vouchers to go in them.

Decorate your shop: All businesses are being encouraged to decorate their store windows with a sporting theme to reflect the 2014 Naracoorte Masters Games. Judging will take place just after the games and the two winners will receive cash prizes.

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