Masters Games hailed a success

THE 2014 Masters Games has been hailed a success for the Naracoorte Lucindale Council.

In her report to the council's June meeting, Masters Games coordinator Jan Bittner reported a small surplus of $1588 as a result of the April event.

The games recorded an income of $90,971, which included a $14, 237 surplus from the 2011 games in Naracoorte, and an expenditure of $89,383.

The $14,237 was surplus from the 2011 games which was put aside as seed funding should Naracoorte ever host the games again.

Council's community services department funded Mrs Bittner's position.

As a result of this the $50,000 allocated to the event in the council's 2012/13 budget was not required.

The business community also benefited from the games, shown by a questionnaire circulated throughout the business and sporting community after the games.

Seventy-five percent of responses indicated a marked impact on business, 60 per cent reported a significant increase in trade and the average rating for the event was 9 out 10 based on the survey respondents.

Breaking down the games at a statistical level, 997 athletes competed across 18 sports over four days.

Four hundred and eight-four of these were male, 513 female.

Sixty per cent were from the Limestone Coast: 45 per cent from Naracoorte Lucindale, 16.5 per cent from Mount Gambier, 13.8 per cent from the Tatiara and three per cent from Penola.

Thirty per cent of the athletes were from other SA regions than the Limestone Coast while 10 per cent of competitors were Victorian.

Ten athletes from other Australian states also competed.

By age group, the 35-39 year old group was the most popular with 24 per cent.

Twenty per cent of the athletes were part of the 45-49 age group, 12 per cent in the 65-69 age group, 10.7 per cent in the 40-44 age group and 8.7 per cent in the 50-54 age group. The remaining 25 per cent was taken up in remaining age groups.

The Naracoorte Lucindale Council's IT staff provided the games with a web presence from early 2013.

The webpage provided information about the games with the addition of extra information as the games drew closer - which led to a registration and payment page for athletes from December 2013.

In total 66 per cent of all registrations were registered using the website registration process and 34 per cent were forwarded by mail/faxes or paid over the counter. 

These were entered manually by the Masters Games administration team.

Naracoorte Sportspower provided the merchandise for the games, with sales totalling $11,405.

This was broken up into 300 polo shirts at $35 each, 25 handtowels at $12 each, five small cooler bags at $15 each, 20 large cooler bags at $20 each, five keyrings at $6 each and 10 hats at at $10 each.

Naracoorte hosted the SA Masters Games on April 4-7.

Naracoorte hosted the SA Masters Games on April 4-7.