In just a couple of days, more than 1000 competitors will take to their respective fields for the 2017 Mr. Mick Clare SA Masters Games.
To be held this weekend, March 24-27, competitors have registered in 24 events as part of the state competition.
Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council have been pleased to collaborate with local sporting bodies to bring Games events to visitors and the community.
CGVC Mayor Allan Aughey OAM said we had some of the best regional sporting facilities available and enthusiastic sports organisers who have worked hard to stage a wide range of events for competitors to enjoy.
“The Clare SA Masters Games would not have been possible without their hard work and that of every involved community volunteer,” Mr Aughey OAM said.
“I know that visitors to the Clare Valley will have plenty to see and to enjoy in their free time and look forward to welcoming those who have attended the 2015 Games and extending an equally warm welcome to competitors who are participating here for the first time.”
The Games also welcomes World Champion cyclist and Olympic gold medallist Stuart O’Grady OAM as its Masters Games Ambassador.
O’Grady will officially open the Games at Ennis Park in the centre of Clare’s main street on Friday, March 24 at 5.30pm where the colourful Masters Mile will kick off and there will be fun and entertainment for the whole family.
CGVC Recreation and Lifestyles Manager Katie Knappstein said the opening ceremony would also encompass all three primary schools – Vineyard Lutheran, Clare Primary and St Joseph’s School Clare.
“We welcome absolutely everyone to the opening ceremony, it should be a good night,” Ms Knappstein said.
“The street party is a lot of fun for everyone, there will be lots of good food and wine.”
The town’s main street will be closed for festivities until 9pm in a party atmosphere for everyone to enjoy with local food, wine and entertainment, plus a special area set aside as a kids’ fun space.
The official Games dinner on Saturday night will be at the Mr Mick Sports Bar and feature guest speakers Andrew Jarman and Stuart O’Grady with entertainment by Adelaide band, The Cast.
A ceremony to hand over the official flag to the Rural City of Murray Bridge for the 2018 Games will be on Sunday, March 26 at the Mr Mick Sports Bar in the Valleys Lifestyle Centre.
Spectators are welcome at all Games events – check out the program online at https://claremastersgames.com.au