Eighth Masters Games launched at Lismore Workers Club
LISMORE'S hunger for sport will be satisfied over the next three days as 1500 entrants in the eighth Lismore Workers Club Masters Games join the town's popular biennial sporting extravaganza.
Officially launching today, the event has run since 1999 and this year boasts a roster of 12 sports - baseball, cricket, dressage, golf, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, Oztag, 8-ball pool, soccer, softball and touch football.
Sports enthusiasts from as far as Victoria and the Sunshine Coast will join the fun.
Lismore City Council Tourism Coordinator Mitch Lowe said the healthy mix of old-fashioned Aussie competitiveness and camaraderie combined with Lismore's excellent sporting facilities and beautiful location was a winning formula.
"When we first started in 1999 there would have been a masters games in most regional cities. Lismore's one of the few which has stood the test of time," Mr Lowe said.
"We've had many comments from people saying these are the best games."
With more than a quarter of entrants coming from outside the region it's good news for the local economy too.
The Games injects well over $1 million into the town, with an average spend per day of $130 per entrant.
Most local motels and hotels are fully booked out, there's usually a roaring trade at pubs clubs, cafes and restaurants and plenty of flow-on trade.
For information on activities and venues go to lismoremastersgames.com.au or phone call 1300 878 387.
Attending the event as a spectator is free.