The ambassador for the ninth annual Lismore Workers Masters Games is none other than cricket legend and former Goonellabah boy Adam Gilchrist.
Today marks the launch of the 2015 games, which will be held from 18-20 September at various venues around Lismore.
The Kadina High School graduate said he was ‘honoured’ to be the 2015 ambassador and was happy to promote the region where his love of sport began.
‘As a former Lismore resident, my roots are firmly secured there, and I hope that by being the Games ambassador I can encourage all participants to play hard, to play fair and most importantly, to enjoy the opportunity,’ Adam said.
More than 2000 competitors are expected to converge on Lismore for the popular biennial sporting event, injecting over $1 million into the city’s economy.
Masters Games chairperson Matt Barlow said the Games were less about winning and more about fun and participation for over 35s.
This year will see a new mini Olympics event, which Matt said was sure to be popular.
‘We believe it will be a first in Masters history across the globe and we know it will fire people up. While the Masters Games is all about getting out and having some fun on the field, everyone loves a podium finish,’ Matt said.
‘During the mini Olympics, participants will battle it out in the sports of snooker, darts, indoor bowls and euchre over two days. And we’ll be handing out gold, silver and bronze medals just like the real deal.’
There are a total of 16 sports at the Masters Games including baseball, cricket, dressage, football, golf, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, Oztag, softball and swimming as well as five exciting new sporting categories – fitness challenge, rugby 7s, running, six-a-side football and the mini Olympics.
The 2015 Masters Games will see a revamp of the entertainment program, with high quality entertainment on offer at the Lismore Workers Club on all three nights. Participants will also receive a food voucher for participating Lismore eateries and be in the running to win up to $3000 in cash.
‘We are so pleased the Lismore Workers Club has come on board as our major sponsor for the event and will once again play host to thousands of athletes from across NSW,’ Lismore City Council Tourism and Events Manager Mitch Lowe said.
‘Having 2000 athletes come to Lismore for three days brings a huge economic benefit – accommodation venues are booked out, restaurants experience a surge in customers and all the pubs and clubs are full. This is a real boon for our city, and it puts our top-class sporting venues to excellent use.’
For information and registration visit www.lismoremastersgames.com.au or phone the Masters Games office on 02 6621 3413.