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Masters games entries make great Christmas presents

When Whanganui woman Sue Watson considered the ideal Christmas presents for her family, entries to the 2019 Downer New Zealand Masters Games seemed like the ideal solution.

Sue has entered her three children, along with their partners, in a variety of events.

“At first I thought I could enter them all in the 5km walk, however two of them are too young, so they have been entered in track events,” says Sue.

“I just thought the kids are all involved in sport in some capacity, and they are now of an appropriate age, so what better way to bring everyone together.”

Sue and partner Roger’s three children Tim, Penny and Simon are thrilled with their gifts and all are considering entering further events at the games.

“There is talk of taking part in the weightlifting as we have a couple of cross fitters in the group, or even the swimming,” says Sue.

As for Sue and Roger, they will be on babysitting duty looking after their six grandchildren while supporting from the sidelines.

“We think the Masters Games is a fantastic event for Whanganui, we have always got behind it in the past and now want to encourage the next generation to give it a go.”

Sue was organised and took advantage of the Early Bird registrations before they close on October 31. From November 1, General Entry fees will apply for all registrations.

“It is most definitely worth it entering early, now the games registrations are done, the kids can enter as many events as they like, babysitters permitting.”

The Downer New Zealand Masters Games run in Whanganui from February 1 to February 10, 2019. The Games attract competitors from all around New Zealand, and internationally, competing at Masters level. There are no qualifying standards, apart from the age limit for each sport, and athletes in their 80s and 90s are just as likely to be lining up as those in their 30s and 40s. The focus is on participation and friendship, and the social programme is just as important as the sport.


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