THE drought will have an impact on this year’s Barellan Masters Games, but that’s not going to stop the event from being bigger and better once again.
As a result, the games won’t have any cattle events in 2019, but organisers have been flexible in their approach and have added a horse barrel racing category to tie in with the Narrandera Rodeo weekend.
Barellan Masters Games committee member Carl Chirgwin said another huge weekend of social competition was planned.
“Everything is falling into place quite well,” he said.
“We have had fresh ideas from the new people who have come board this year.
“In a tough economic world we have many returning and new sponsors wanting to come on board, which is fantastic.
“With our new sports of AFL nines, a revised format of the triathlon and our new concept with the netball, a lot of people are quite keen.”
This year 10 sports are confirmed – tennis, AFL nines, netball, lawn bowls, six-a-side cricket, triathlon, walk, golf, basketball and horse barrel racing.
Money raised from the event goes back into the community and masters from across the region, state and even country travel to Barellan to take part.
“It’s an amazing weekend out where people of all ages and ability can come together in a social context and participate in their chosen sport.” Mr Chirgwin said.
“They also have the chance to win actual bronze, silver or gold medals from a little country town that co-ordinates big events well.”
It’s not too late to participate in the event, which will be held from February 22 to 24 in Barellan.
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