THE TEAM: Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell (left) with Masters Games organisers Jillian Dunlop of SCU, Gabe Kerz of Lismore City Council, Peter Cordery of SCU, event organiser John Bancroft, and Tony Clarke of the North Coast Academy of Sport.
THE TEAM: Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell (left) with Masters Games organisers Jillian Dunlop of SCU, Gabe Kerz of Lismore City Council, Peter Cordery of SCU, event organiser John Bancroft, and Tony Clarke of the North Coast Academy of Sport.

Masters games on a winner

WHILE there are still a couple of weeks to go, the 2009 Lismore Workers Club Masters Games has more competitors this year than in the previous three years.

With around 1800 competitors registered already the games are shaping up to be a major milestone.

At a sponsors' breakfast held yesterday in the Lismore Workers Club, event organiser John Bancroft said when Lismore introduced the games in 2001 they were also being run in Coffs Harbour, Newcastle and Ipswich.

“They have all folded but we are just getting stronger,” he said.

He put the success of the Lismore Masters Games down to the social aspect of the games, and also the fact it was only a three-day event in Lismore.

“We made some wise decisions that have held us in good stead. We were a little more conservative than Coffs Harbour and remained doable in the market place,” Mr Bancroft said.

Surprisingly the numbers this year are being dominated by women registering to participate.

“Women are registering for the soccer, netball and the softball,” Mr Bancroft said.

“We also have 400 to 500 social registrations from people who are not competing but just going to the functions.

“Our numbers are very healthy compared to 2007, despite the economic downturn.”

Lismore City Council is one of the sponsors of the event and mayor Jenny Dowell agreed they must be doing something right.

“We are going from strength to strength, and it can't be just the sporting competitors that are contributing to its success,” Cr Dowell said.

“I feel it must be the extra things such as the social events and what Lismore has to offer.”

The 2009 Lismore Workers Club Masters Games will begin on Friday, September 25. Fifty volunteers have signed up but more are still being sought. Volunteers will be trained where required and anyone interested can contact Gabe Kerz on 6626 2000.



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