Alexandra Davidson - 8 October 2013
This will be the first Australian Masters Games since 1995 that Wendy McGinniskin, VicGold organiser and team member, will be sitting on the sidelines.
In 1995, McGinniskin and a group of hockey-loving ladies mostly from the central Victorian goldfields region played in their first Masters Games, choosing their team name as a nod to their home towns.
They enjoyed it so much that eight of the original members - Carol West (Rochester), Kaye Trimble (Bendigo), Marion Bayles and Kathy Hose (Donald), Debbie Jenkins (White Hills) and Sheryl Hartney and Judy Hasty (both from Eaglehawk) and McGinniskan have attended almost all of the Games since.
VicGold reflects the healthy, proactive and inclusive spirit of the Games, actively seeking out new people interested in playing their sport.
“When we go away for tournaments, and we are maybe a couple of players short, I ask the organisers about individuals looking for teams to play in. So we have picked up many interstate players that have later continued to play with us.
“We always send out an email to invite them to play with us again. Those players may have friends that want to play, and we add them on the list. We will accept anyone because we like to encourage participation in the sport for older players and we like to give everyone a go.” McGinniskin said.
A broken leg sustained falling off a bicycle has prevented McGinniskin playing in this edition of the Games. But she plans to be back for the next one.
“There are always familiar faces around. It is like one big happy family. You just come away for a week and leave reality behind, and it is just great therapy. I also just want to keep people involved in the community and sport.”
“I have a passion for the hockey, I just like seeing everyone getting out there and playing. I’m happy to keep organising teams as long as we can still get those ladies out there, and it encourages them to keep moving and keep playing. I’m 62 and I want to play for a long time yet.”
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