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Launching the 2015 Lismore Workers Masters Games are (l-r) Lismore Workers Club board chair Richard Mackney, Lismore City Council Tourism and Events Manager Mitch Lowe and Masters Games Organising Committee chair Matt Barlow.
Past Masters – the launch of the 2015 Lismore Workers Masters Games with Richard Mackney, Mitch Lowe and Matt Barlow. Photo supplied

Proving that it’s never to late to have a go, competitors in Masters events go from strength to strength.

The 10th biennial Lismore Workers Masters Games will be held from Friday September 22 to Sunday 24.

Registrations for the event close this week, and organisers are encouraging people who are still undecided to take the plunge and sign up.

Masters Games chairperson Matt Barlow said one of the newest sports in the Masters Games is the fitness challenge, where individuals compete against one another in a series of mystery workouts over two days.

Competitors will be put through their paces at the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre, with entrants undertaking four workouts a day that include elements of spinning, swimming and running as well as functional movements such as squats, burpees, push ups and chin ups.

‘Fitness challenges are everywhere these days – there are TV shows, charity fundraisers such as our own local Samson Fitness Challenge, and they are very popular as health bootcamps,’ says Matt. ‘It’s really taken off so we decided to add a fitness challenge to the Masters Games.’

Matt says anyone who is willing to do a bit of training can take part. ‘It’s a great sport to join if you are fit, love having fun and want to challenge yourself.’

The 10th Lismore Workers Masters Games is being played across various venues in Lismore and the event  It is open to anyone over 30 who would like to join in with baseball, cricket, dressage, golf, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, Oztag, fitness challenge, football, five-side football, softball and mini-lympics.

The mini-lympics were introduced a few years back for those who prefer a slightly more sedate competition.

‘The mini-lympics includes darts, snooker, euchre and indoor bowls – it’s a little less physically challenging, but the competition is still fierce,’ says Matt.

‘The Masters Games is more about fun and friendship than anything else, and it’s a great way to meet new people or just try something different. But hurry, if you want to join the fun, you only have until this Friday!’

Registrations for the games close on August 18. To register, visit: www.lismoremastersgames.com.au.

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