2 October 2013
Yinnar’s Tessa Libreri is preparing for an assault on the Australian Masters Games in Geelong this October, with a different preparation than most.
Libreri, 49 and mother of five is ready to open the games on the right note by singing the national anthem at the Opening Ceremony.
Libreri has an extensive singing background and was chosen from a host of entrants who submitted a demo of themselves singing to event organisers. From humble beginnings in high school musicals, she went on to study music at the Johnny Young Talent School and now currently teaches music herself. Her husband Thomas, who shares her passion for music, is a professional bass player in their band, Destiny.
Making her Games debut, the 49 year old is more nervous about competing in the dressage, show jumping and combined training events than singing in front of a live audience because despite riding since she was four years old, Libreri has never competed in an equestrian event of this scale.
“It is completely new for me, so I’m a little apprehensive as well, staying away with your horse and having nothing else but the competition to fill your day.”
Libreri’s friends were the ones who encouraged her to compete in this year’s Games after they had enjoyed it so much in the past. Her strong friendships will help make her at feel at ease but she is also looking forward to meeting new people and soaking up the Games atmosphere in Geelong.
“I’m really looking forward to the camaraderie, the atmosphere and just being able to show your horse off and hopefully not make a fool out of yourself,” she laughed.
Over 8,000 people are expected to join Libreri in Geelong for the week-long event, beginning on Saturday 5th October. The Australian Masters Games encompasses 50 sports for men and women ranging from athletics, cycling and golf through to wood chopping and cue sports. The only pre-requisite for competing is that participants meet the minimum age criteria, which in most sports is 30 years.
As well as competing in their chosen sport, the Games offer a fun-filled social program, including an opening and closing ceremony, and festival-like atmosphere throughout the week.
Libreri will be joined by Channel Seven television personality Mark Beretta, best known for his role on the popular morning program Sunrise. Beretta, a 10-time Australian national waterskiing champion and avid road cyclist will swap the bike for a dragon boat when he lines up in the Australian Masters Games.
Born and raised in Geelong, Beretta said he was delighted to take part in the event.
“I’m excited to return to my home town with my family and showcase Geelong to the rest of Australia. It will be an exciting week of sport and entertainment, and dragon boat is going to be something foreign to me but I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Beretta said.
“I have always participated in sport and the Australian Masters Games is another great way for people to stay active in a fun atmosphere.”
Kean Selway, chair of the 14th Australian Masters Games, said the aim of the event was to invite participants from all parts of Australia and the world to gather in a celebration of sport, health and wellbeing.
“As one of Australia’s premier mass participation multi-sport event, our participants come from all walks of life and from all over Australia.”
“Being able to host such an iconic event in Geelong is massive for the local community and surrounding areas.” Selway said.
For further Australian Masters Games information and to register visit www.AustralianMastersGames.com.
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