Masters playing hard and having fun at Lismore Games
JAMES Sankey's Deep Heat supplies were never far away but neither were his smiles during "fantastic" Masters Games action.
The Bonalbo-based player was enjoying touch football action at this year's Lismore Workers Club Masters Games.
About 1500 competitors from across the eastern states took part in the Games, which sees players aged 30 and upwards contest different sports.
Forty-two-year-old Sankey, who was playing alongside his mates, said the medicinal rub was handy - but any aches and pains were worth it.
"I think we are playing six games in two days, which is tough," he said.
"There's a few of us certainly putting on the Deep Heat.
"I know I will be sore (on Monday) but that is part of the game. We are just here to enjoy it.
"There's some great people here and it's fantastic to be involved with it all."
The 47-year-old, who has played the sport for about 30 years, said her focus was enjoyment.
"I've done the serious stuff," the mother-of-one said. "I'm at the fun stage now.
"I don't think my body will be working much on Monday when I wake up, but it's a 'good' pain. It's worth it to take part.
"I've known some of the girls on my team for 30 years. It's great to be here with them.
"I love playing soccer and I love the atmosphere here."
George Petrou, of Byron Bay, was also contesting the touch football competition.
The 58-year-old, who regularly plays in his home town competition, was enjoying meeting new people and testing his skills.
"I think it gives people from different areas the chance to test themselves against each other," he said.
"It's been good fun and I congratulate the organizers for making it all happen."