Steven Bradbury highlights Masters Games entertainment

ANNOUNCED: Winter Olympics gold medalist Steven Bradbury is one of the many high profile announcements for the 2020 Tatiara Masters Games.
ANNOUNCED: Winter Olympics gold medalist Steven Bradbury is one of the many high profile announcements for the 2020 Tatiara Masters Games.

The Olympic Games showcase the importance of nailing opening and closing ceremonies, as it will be the first and last thing people see.

With that in mind, organisers for the 2020 Tatiara Masters Games have revealed that Winter Olympics gold medalist Steven Bradbury will highlight an exciting array of entertainment for this year's event.

Tatiara District Council's director of corporate and community services Kingsley Green said work still needs to be done for both ceremonies, as they look to create memorable celebrations.

"We need to make there are not typical of any other celebration," Mr Green said.

"Because we want to make sure that it has its own stand and own feel, so people can walk away from this event and think 'that was something a little bit different'."

To help create "country memories" and entice visitors to return to the Tatiara after the games have concluded, organisers have announced some high profile sportsmen and incredible musical acts.

The MC for the opening ceremony on April 16 will be Sam McMahon, who is best known for his work with the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Musical acts will include Tatiara's very own The Crocodiles, the Adelaide Redbacks Marching Band and the Mount Gambier Pipe Band.

Steven Bradbury, an Australian icon, will be the MC for the closing ceremony on April 19. Attendees will be interested to hear from a man who's sporting career is more interesting than most.

Bradbury made a name for himself at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, USA, when he was involved in one of the most memorable sporting moments in history.

In the 1000m short track speed skating final he secured an unlikely gold medal after the rest of the competitors fell over.

Mr Green said the former gold medalist is "very comical", along with being highly inspirational.

"He'll be the MC and keynote speaker - hopefully he will provide a whole range of footage of when he won his gold medal at the Winter Olympics, and when he had his major accident," Mr Green said.

"He got sliced in the leg by a skate and lost about 60 per cent of his blood in about two to three minutes - if it wasn't for a doctor sitting the crowd watching, he probably would have died."

The 350-400 expected attendees at the closing ceremony will also be treated to music from Adelaide based cover band Flaming Sambucas.

Mr Green also confirmed that Adelaide 36ers legend Mark Davis will be an ambassador for this year's games.

Davis enjoyed a highly successful 16 year career with the Adelaide 36ers, winning three NBL championships and the NBL MVP in 1987, along with being named in All-NBL First Team five times.

Along with being an ambassador, Davis will also showcase his talents on the court.

"He will be showcasing his skills - I was hoping to speak to Mark and see whether we are able to get one or two of his other friends to come down as well," Mr Green said.

Organisers are currently looking for another ambassador to partner Davis and an extra bit of star power.

Mr Green stated small things could change between now and April, but organisers are working hard to deliver a sporting event that is uniquely different.

"We need to inspire ourselves to do something a little bit different, not just use the same template," Mr Green said.

The 2020 Tatiara Masters Games will take place from April 16-20 and will feature 27 different sports.