Rocky road to the Games
By ADRIAN MILLER
THE movie "Rocky II" might not seem like the obvious choice to play at the launch of the 2007 Lismore Workers Club Masters Games but look a little deeper and you see it's perfect.
Rocky Balboa is not unlike many of the 2000 or so competitors that will descend on Lismore in September for the fifth Lismore Masters Games.
The Masters Games athletes will be infinitely better looking and completely understandable, but, in a similar vein to Rocky, they're continuing with their sport long after others have hung up their joggers.
Rocky might have copped a pounding, but all these athletes will receive for their troubles is a rollicking good time for the entire three-day event.
The bi-annual games will run from September 21-23 with close to 2000 athletes competing across 14 sports.
While competing plays a role in the event, it's by no means the most important part.
Geoff Gaggin, who helps organise the cricket section of the Games and who has competed in cricket and baseball since the first games in 1999, said the weekend was all about having fun.
"It's great fun and gives everyone the chance to relive their sporting past," he said.
"It's very much a case of the older I get the better I was.
"It becomes like a family after a while because the same people keep coming back every year and you look forward to seeing them and catching up with them in between playing against them."
Yesterday's launch was not only a chance for the organising committee to announce and thank their sponsors, but also announce the 2007 Masters Games legends who were inducted for their contribution to their sports.
11 people across 10 sports from the Northern Rivers were presented with the honour.
Jim Phillips who was inducted for his services to soccer, said the Games were a special event.
"The Games are such an enjoyable time because you get to play with your peers and friends," he said.
"It is one of the most enjoyable times I've had playing sport."
The Lismore Workers Club Masters Games will be held throughout Lismore from September 21-23.
To compete in the games, contact the Lismore City Council.