JOIN THE FUN: Merle Speakman, dressage competitor and Judy Mason, dressage’s convenor, both of Lismore, at the Master’s Games launch.
JOIN THE FUN: Merle Speakman, dressage competitor and Judy Mason, dressage’s convenor, both of Lismore, at the Master’s Games launch. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Who’s game for Masters?

PEOPLE with a sense of fun and a friendly competitive spirit can now register to "celebr8 with their m8s at Masters8" following yesterday's launch of the eighth biennial 2013 Lismore Workers Club Masters Games.

Lismore Workers Club Masters Games organising committee chair Dave Arthur said the event "had come such a long way from a seed of an idea in 1996" from Lismore businesswoman Janelle Bondfield.

"It's all about fun and friendship," he said.

The past seven Masters Games have seen 13,533 athletes compete in 16 sports, which had a combined impact of injecting $5.79 million into the local economy.

After being involved in the Masters Games since the 2003 event, dressage convenor Judy Mason and dressage competitor and judge Merle Speakman said over the years they had made many friends through the games.

Mrs Mason said the games gave the average competitor more of a fair go so they could still achieve whatever their age.

"And they get to prove that the older people can still compete too," she said.

Mrs Speakman said the Masters Games was a fun, social, friendly competition.

"People are not so serious as they compete to have a good time and if they get a medal, that's a plus for them," she said.

"We encourage anyone of the right age to enter and they will be amazed at how much fun they will have.

Entries are now open for people aged over 30 to compete in the games from September 20-22.

More than 1500 people are expected to sign up to battle it out in 13 sports - baseball, cricket, dressage, golf, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, Oztag, 8-ball pool, soccer, softball, swimming and touch football.

For the first time, people can register and pay online at and get updates through the Lismore Events Facebook page. More information is also available by phoning Leanne Clark on 1300 87 83 87.

Early bird entries close on June 28 and the final date for registrations is August 9.



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