Murray Bridge Masters Games athletes wanted - will you come and give it a go in 2018?

Michelle den Dekker and Mark Davis. Photo: Peri Strathearn.
Michelle den Dekker and Mark Davis. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Murray Bridge Mayor Brenton Lewis has issued a challenge to sportspeople throughout the Murraylands to get involved and make the 2018 South Australian Masters Games the biggest and best to date.

“Come and give it a go,” he said.

“Age is no barrier – everyone over the age of 27 can participate and there is something for everyone and all levels of ability from darts, to bowls, athletics, swimming and more.”

Athletes from across the nation will converge on Murray Bridge for three days of games, festivities and camaraderie at the games in April.

“We are confident that the region will once again provide an excellent backdrop for sportsmanlike competition and for friendships to be established and renewed,” Mr Lewis said.

“The games are open to everyone and we hope to see more than 1000 people from across South Australia and interstate compete in 22 sports across a variety of venues.”

The games’ ambassadors, netballer Michelle den Dekker and basketballer Mark Davis, urged all competitors to embrace the theme of “come and give it a go”.

“The Masters Games gives us a chance to dust off our boots and come back and compete again,” Davis said.

“To rekindle that old feeling, that’s very, very important to all of us, and also to rekindle the life skills we learn through sports that we carry into our everyday life.”

Den Dekker encouraged people to enjoy the entire Masters Games experience by exploring the host region and experiencing the local flavours: “not only experiencing the sporting environments but also what this beautiful region has to offer; to experience the culture of what it feels like to be in an environment of fun and using their bodies to the best of their abilities”.

“It isn’t easy for us – I’ve found in the last few years those experiences become harder with age – but nevertheless we do enjoy the culture of the Masters Games,” she said.

The 2018 South Australian Masters Games will be held between April 19 and 22 at venues throughout the region.

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