COMPETITORS in this year’s Maryborough Masters Games are still feeling the pain of striving to regain their glory days.
But as sore as those aching bones and weary muscles are, it’s a small price to pay for doing something you love.
Maryborough Masters Games president Doug Walker said 400 athletes battled it out during the opening weekend of the annual event.
It is was well short of the record 1600 competitors that took part in the 1994 event, but that didn’t matter to those who were eager to show they still had some game.
Eight ball and football kicked off the annual smorgasbord of sports for seasoned athletes last Friday.
Eight sports nominated in this year’s Maryborough Masters Games with swimming, athletics, croquet and small bore rifle shooting holding their events at the weekend.
The remaining two sports – run and walk and pistol – will be run this weekend, while Maryborough Softball is considering holding a carnival next month.
The passion and enthusiasm was palpable at Maryborough Aquatic Centre where 65 swimmers from across the state took the plunge in events from 25m to 400m in all strokes.
Miami’s Alan Carlisle was on a mission.
He made the trek north to break the state short course 25m pool record for 400m breaststroke in the 60-64 year age group. His new record time of 6min 50.72sec was an enviable time for many young swimmers.
Eighty-five year old swimmers Jackie Ryan, of the Gold Coast, local China Johnson showed age is no barrier to competitive swimming, while five women competed in the 75-79 year age group, and four men and four women were in the 70-74 age group.
There was strong competition in all age groups, but the top club on points was the Hervey Bay Humpbacks.
By Griffith Thomas, Sports Editor
Griff studied journalism at Griffith University before working on weekly newspapers in southern Queensland. He took over as sports editor at the Chronicle in 2012. Story appeared in the Fraser Coast Chronicle – 10th Oct 2013.