Never too late to participate at the Barellan Masters Games

Good times.

Good times.

MASTERED: Deb Castle in action on the basketball court at last year's Barellan Masters Games.

MASTERED: Deb Castle in action on the basketball court at last year's Barellan Masters Games.

The Barellan Masters Games always lives up to its motto with competitors descending on the town to prove "it's never too late to participate".

Played in a competitive spirit, but with lots of fun, the 2020 Barellan Masters Games will be held across the town from February 29 to March 1.

This year will feature nine sports - lawn bowls, six-a-side cricket, netball, walking, triathlon, golf, basketball, tennis and, for the first time, unisex softball.

The event is targeted at the over 30s and is based on the Masters Association regulations, including a handicap system based on people's age.

Publicity officer Carl Chirgwin said the organising committee is hoping for about 300 competitors, with interest coming from as far afield as the South Coast and Victoria.

"I remember when it first started, they were hot, dusty days," Mr Chirgwin said.

"It stemmed from 2009 and the Berallan centenary and a core group said we should run events for the community every year."

The event has grown since that first year, both in sports and efficient administration.

"We try and evolve when something is 'in', bringing in games to get people involved," Mr Chirgwin said.

"We try sports when they're popular, like touch, cycling, running and softball this year. The Grong Grong Unisex Softball Association, which is having a bye that weekend, is bringing games to the masters. It's a sport that is growing in momentum and is something new to the games."

Another change is no competition on Friday night.

"We are bringing lawn bowls to the Saturday night so it will compact the weekend up and one less night makes it a bit easier for the organisers," Mr Chirgwin said.

"We have also brought in a Master Blaster competition. Every event is worth so many points, plus points for gold, silver and bronze medals. The person with the most points at the end of the games wins the award.

"We have got spot prizes and prizes for the oldest, youngest and who has travelled the furthest. That's where our sponsors are crucial, they bring in the money to reward those who are competing."

Registration for the day's events will be held at the Barellan Sports Ground, from 7.30am on Saturday and 7am on Sunday. There is a $25 entry fee, with levies for each sport played.

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