Opening the gate for fun and games
HAVING fun and hanging out with each other are the two main reasons the Gateway Girls from Kyogle come to the Masters Games every year.
Oh, and competing too, of course.
“We like to win,” said Robyn Cahill, manager of the Over 40s netball team who are in their ninth games.
“We are still very competitive,” she said, while admitting they don't train much these days.
But their competitive spirit has scored them an impressive array of medals.
As of late yesterday afternoon, the Gateway Girls were still in the running for a bronze medal, having won two and lost two, with one to play.
In their inaugural year, 2001, they took home the gold, collected a silver at the following year's event on the Gold Coast, another silver the following year, and a bronze from Lismore in both 2005 and 2007.
This year's Masters has attracted a record number of competitors, Lismore City Council's communications co-ordinator Wendy Johnson said.
“We have 1800 entrants this year, 300 more than last year and more than ever before,” she said.
“Quite a number came into town early to take advantage of the Lismore Cup.
“There are 50 people competing in dressage this year, more than we have ever had before,” Ms Johnson said.
And as the sun shone and the city buzzed with life, the only thing missing was the Papua-New Guinea netball team.
Ms Johnson said because they were still registered they were still in the draw, but despite the organisers' best efforts to smooth their travel, the team's whereabouts remain- ed a mystery.