Snooker, cards, darts, indoor bowls added to Masters Games
IT'S the sporting option for those who'd rather be a stone's throw from the bar than sweating and struggling on a football pitch.
Organisers of the Lismore Masters Games this year have unveiled something fresh to entice all manner of sportsmen and women into the biennial event.
The Masters Mini Olympics will pit competitors against each other in four sports: snooker, card game euchre, indoor bowls and darts.
It's the first contest of its kind at any Masters Games anywhere in Australia.
Event organiser Mitch Lowe said it wasn't his idea but hatched by a seasoned Masters competitor who had come to the end of his sporting life on the field but still wanted to be part of the fun weekend.
"They want to do a sport where they don't wake up on a Monday morning and not be able to go to work for a week," Mitch chuckled.
But by no means is the competition limited to the has-beens.
Mitch said he expected an even mix of young and old competitors from the youngest age of 40 to seniors in their 70s and 80s.
"We expect competition to be fierce," Mitch said.
"Competitors can choose to compete in all four sports or concentrate on the ones that best suit their playing style."
Mitch said beginners were more than welcome as entrants were given an overview of each sport and quick practice would be provided to participants.
However, he said a competitive spirit and a desire to have fun were essential.
"We don't want anyone to end up at the chiropractor but we're fine if they go home with a sore funny bone," he said.
"A champion will be declared in each individual sport, with an overall winner across the four sports to be declared the ultimate Mini Olympics champion.
"You can't buy that kind of prestige."
The Mini Olympics will be held at the Lismore Workers Club from September 18 to 20.
As well as joining the Masters Games sporting action, the Lismore Workers Club will have social entertainment each evening, with $3000 in cash draws, live music, karaoke, dancing and a huge comedy night featuring Mandy Nolan and Nick Penn.
Registrations for the Mini Olympics and the 15 other Masters Games sports will close on Friday, August 14.
To register visit http://www.lismoremastersgames.com.au or phone 1300 87 83 87.