8 October 2013
Peter Lane is very much a part of the Australian Masters Games family, having competed in his first Games ten years ago in Canberra in 2003. But as he takes part in the over 45 years baseball tournament this time around, his participation will have a sad but special significance.
For he will have with him memories of son Chris, who was killed less than two months ago on 16 August whilst on a training run in the United States. Following in his father’s footsteps in the family’s much-loved sport Chris, a member of the VIS baseball program, was carving out a career on a college scholarship to East Central University when the tragedy occurred.
“In my words and of course I’m prejudiced he was just a good kid - certainly not a saint but he had all the fun and did all the things a teenager and young adult should do,” proud father Peter said.
“He had a great smile and was always prepared to show it. He gave up a lot to get to college in the US and had that competitive spirit – his take was that it was fun till you crossed the line, though you could still have fun while playing. But once you crossed the line you tried to get the job done. Then the game finished and that was it - you socialised with everyone and had a laugh.”
Respecting Peter Lane’s involvement in the Games and in Chris' memory, the 14th Australian Master Games’ Mid-Week Party will be dedicated to supporting the Christopher Lane Memorial Fund. Party attendees are encouraged wear items of red clothing and offer a donation to the fund through the collection buckets carried by Games’ baseball participants.
“The aim of the fund will be to assist young Australian baseball players to follow Chris’s path to college,” Peter Lane said.
The Mid-Week Party will be held at the Avalon Airport Games Village on Wednesday 9 October from 7pm. The evening’s entertainment will include the Robbie Williams Tribute act.
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