PORT Pirie will host the State Masters Games for the first time in seven years from April 5-14.
The city, which hosted the event seven times from 2000 to 2012, will showcase its new multi million-dollar sports precinct for the sports festival.
More than 30 sports will be featured during the 10 days of competition.
They include baseball, athletics, basketball, netball, dragon boat racing, mixed AFL, swimming, darts an clay target shooting.
Several events will be hosted at the new sports precinct, which is operated by Belgravia Leisure. Constructed over the past two years, it features baseball grounds, two multi-sport ovals and a function centre.
Port Pirie and surrounding areas will also host events, and some will be held further afield.
Golf will be contested in Clare, equestrian evemts will take place in Murraytown and BMX bicycle motocross competition will take place on the Copper Coast.
The games provide an opportunity for older sportspeople to enjoy friendly competition.
Camaraderie is just as important as competing.
Local resident Pat Norton went from a non-sporting life to captaining the Port Pirie Croquet Club, making new friends and enjoying many travel opportunities.
Pat became involved in the competition after meeting masters “fanatic” Jean Smith, who convinced her to sign on as a catering volunteer with the club in 2000.
She has since become an integral part of the club as captain, competitor and volunteer and says her involvement has made her healthier and happier.
Pat is extremely grateful to Jean for convincing her to volunteer, and to former member Ella Fry for taking her under her wing.
“I love it,” she said.
“It’s the people you meet, the friends you make and the game itself.
“It’s a bit of a challenge.
“You can only play as well as your opponent lets you.”
Anyone interested in registering to compete or volunteer can do so via email, while those seeking more information can check out the event’s website.
- To register or for more information phone 1800-000-424 or visit portpiriemastersgames.com.au