28 October 2017
Tasmania’s North West has put on a show during eight days of memorable Australian Masters Games action, according to Games general manager Scott Wade.
Wade praised all involved, especially the many local volunteers, and thanked the 5,000 plus participants who helped make the 16th Australian Masters Games a success.
“It has been a great event,” Wade said.
“I think everybody will look back on an awesome week.
“Our Australian Masters Games has been relaxed and the community has been involved in this from day one.”
During an event at the Burnie waterfront on Friday night Wade passed the Games baton to Deb Parsons, representing the South Australian Tourism Commission, with Adelaide appointed to host the 17th Australian Masters Games in 2019.
Wade also thanked each of the host towns in Tasmania's North West who have played such an important role in making the Games a success.
“Every council throughout Tasmania’s North West has done a great job with their sporting facilities.
“To have 47 sports this week across 65 venues, every council has done an amazing job to provide facilities and support for the Games.”
Games chairman Royce Fairbrother had a similar take on the Games and also noted how important it was to have all nine councils of the Cradle Coast Authority working together on such an event.
A highlight of the Games was Fairbrother taking to the roads in Ulverstone on his bike in the time trial along with a few local cycling stars including former world mountain bike champion John Gregory.
“It has been a full-on week for our staff and volunteers but a really exciting week for them and Tasmania,” Fairbrother said.
“We wanted to leave something behind that is going to be of benefit to this part of Tasmania.
“We’re confident we have done that, and our volunteers have been amazing – I’ve had people come out of their way to tell me how wonderful they’ve been.”
Highlights of the 16th Australian Masters Games in Tasmania’s North West have included:
- Oldest competitor Ted Moule who competed in sailing all week at the age of 93
- Heather Lee clocked a world record of 24:56 in the 3000m walk at 90 years of age
- Fly fishing and trail running made their debuts on the Australian Masters Games program
- The Games Opening was embraced by locals, participants and volunteers in Devonport
- Over 1,000 volunteers provided invaluable support for the Games
- Dragon Boat was a big hit at Lake Barrington with a festival-like atmosphere
- Games social activities included a special night at the Table Cape Tulip Farm, a pop-up festival in the town of Sheffield and a partnership with the Devonport Food and Wine Festival
- Participants ventured from all Australian states and territories with 17 other countries represented at the Games
- The local community was embraced by all visitors with packed accommodation across the region and busy restaurants, bars and cafes
The Games social program concludes tonight with a Games Closing and after party featuring the Hoodoo Gurus in Burnie.
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