Let the games begin

HUNDREDS of sporting competitors will all have a go at winning a gold medal in Maryborough over the next three weekends.

They will give it their all in 19 different sports and even if they don’t succeed in getting their hands on a medal, they can still officially be called a Master.

The 20th annual Maryborough Masters Games bursts into life this Saturday with five sports in the spotlight – darts, ricochet croquet, softball, full-bore rifle shooting and dog obedience.

Another thirteen sports, including bowls, cycling, athletics, soccer, golf and swimming, will be held over the weekend of October 1, 2 and 3.

The curtain will come down for another year after the final event – harness driving – at the Maryborough Showgrounds on October 9 and 10.

Almost 1000 athletes aged from 20 to over 80 from throughout Australia took part in the games last year and officials, including new Masters Games president Owen Maughan, are hoping to get about the same number again this time around.

The signs are very promising that will be the case.

With two days to go before the first events, 1050 entries have already been received with soccer leading the way with over 200 players already on the books.

Cycling is also proving popular with 100 or so on track for the Heritage City.

The record for 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 it was shaping up to be another big few weeks, especially for himself.

“I am going to try and get around to every venue,” Maughan, who will also have a crack at performing well in the bowls, said.

“I think I’ll be worn out if I manage it – I won’t mind at all though.

“I want to help continue to make this event a success and I hope it is.

“This is a great chance to showcase our city and prove that it really is the sporting capital of Queensland at this time of the year.

“Let the Games begin.”

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