Day 1 - Masters Games in full swing
Brian Roe - 5 October 2013
Competition was the focus as the 14th Australian Masters Games got under way in Geelong today but with a hint of anticipation on a second front as the final touches were made to the arrangements for the climax of day one – the star-studded Opening Ceremony.
Whilst Mental as Anything and James Reyne tuned their vocal chords, Games participants in 18 sports tested mind and body against each other. In some of the action:
- Olympic star Linley Frame took to the pool at Waurn Ponds and picked up two golds in the women’s 40-44 50m breaststroke and 50m butterfly and then joined her teammates for another in the 200m medley relay
- World record holding tree-feller now recreational golfer, Bill Youd made a return at 73 to his old craft of woodchopping to collect a gold and three silver medals
- Another 73-year-old Max Lewis proved that his philosophy of undertaking a full program in the swimming competition was worthwhile bouncing back from his 800m freestyle fourth placing with silver medals in the 200m butterfly and 400m individual medley and a bronze in the 50m fly in the men’s 70-74 age group events
- 80-year-old world record man, Pat Galvin garnered three individual gold (400m IM, 50m breaststroke and 200m backstroke) in his 80-84 category as well as a medley relay bronze
- Avalon Airport CEO and Games Village sponsor, Justin Giddings ventured out onto the athletic field in the shot put as a self-confessed novice but surprised himself with a better than expected performance, proclaiming the experience as quite motivating
Tomorrow’s (Sunday’s) second full day of competition is the Games’ busiest with action in 30 sports with highlights including:
- the dragonboat program getting underway at Barwon Terrace with the first of two days of competition – including the appearance of Sunrise star, Mark Beretta and his Gippsland Dragons team in the Master’s 10s Open event at 1.00pm
- the Avalon Airport Games Village in full swing not only as rendezvous HQ but also as the host venue for the opening day of the boxing competition and the climax to the woodchopping
- canoe sprint, gymnastics and the colourful discipline of drilldance each with only one day of competition make their only appearance on the Games schedule
- the short sharp formats for futsal, squash, hillclimb, judo, rugby union, fullbore rifle, beach volleyball, carriage driving and swimming bring those sports to a conclusion
- Olympian Linley Frame completing her Games schedule in the swimming competition at Waurn Ponds in the 50m freestyle and her former specialty the 100m breaststroke
- 83-year-old, John Dick makes his seventh appearance at the Games when the sailing regatta gets begins on Corio Bay
A stack of other sports, including cricket, soccer, sailing, tenpin bowling and touch football get their competitions under way.
The Australian Masters Games will be staged until Saturday 12 October and is one of Australia’s largest multi sporting events.
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