Fine weather and competitive spirits were all part of the atmosphere over the weekend as the Lismore region hosted the Lismore Workers Club Masters Games, a biennial three-day event that attracts competitors over the age of 30.
Competitors came from Port Macquarie, Tweed Heads, Tamworth, Queensland and even Victoria for the Games, which were held under the auspices of the Events Unit of Lismore City Council (LCC).
LCC tourism coordinator Mitch Lowe told Echonetdaily that, ‘the fine weather certainly helped things along and the feedback is that everyone had a great time. Most things fall into place when the weather is on.’
Sports played at the Games included baseball, cricket, dressage, golf, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, oztag, pool (8-ball), soccer, softball, swimming and touch.
The event, which has a volunteer base of more than 250, saw more than 1500 competitors participate in their chosen sport, with the oldest competitor being an 87 year old in the North Tavern cricket team. There was quite a contingent of over-80s this year, according to Mr Lowe, although most commonly competitors were aged between 40 and 50.
Mr Lowe said that the competitor numbers must be multiplied to arrive at a figure for total tourists attracted by the event, as competitors often travel with friends and family.
‘Almost all the moteliers are at full capacity this weekend,’ Mr Lowe said. ‘There are other key beneficiaries such as cafes, the pubs, right through to the chemist where people will be seeking some muscle relief tomorrow.
‘Attracting people from outside the area generates what we call new dollars – this new money in the community is what we need,’ Mr Lowe said.