Masters tackle sporting feast
SEASONED athletes started to tuck into an annual smorgasbord of sport on Saturday.
Not even the rain could dampen the spirits of those contesting the first five sports on the menu of the 20th annual Maryborough Masters Games.
Darts, ricochet croquet, softball, full-bore rifle shooting and dog obedience were the first cabs off the rank on the opening weekend of competition this year.
Another 13 sports, including bowls, cycling, athletics, soccer, golf and swimming, will be held this weekend.
The final of the 19 sports on offer to competitors this year, harness driving, will be held at the Maryborough Showgrounds on October 9 and 10.
By the end of it, new Masters Games president Owen Maughan, and his team are hoping that more than 1000 athletes, aged from 20 to over 80, will have given it their all.
The record for the largest number of competitors was set in 1994 when 1600 used the event as preparation for the World Masters Games in Brisbane.
Maughan, who was the secretary of the event 12 months ago, said the opening weekend had been a good one, despite the weather on Saturday.
He should know – he spent time at three of the events.
“Everyone was having a great time and that’s the main thing,” Maughan said.
“There was a fantastic atmosphere at all the venues I visited.”
As for numbers this year, Maughan said it was too early to call yet.
“A lot of individuals and teams just turn up on the day of their chosen sport,” Maughan said.
“We’ll just have to wait and see what happens this year.”