Outback Seniors Games brings out competitive side
THE not-so-young and old ditched their walking frames to embrace their competitive streak and attend the region's most competitive carnival of low-impact sports last Friday.
The annual Outback Seniors Games has been a popular event with the older generation since its origins and the 24th event proved no exception when it was held at the Charleville racecourse with the theme Year of the Outback.
The 20 teams of senior citizens arrived at the racecourse by 9.30am for the opening ceremony, including singing of the national anthem, a special guest to announce the games and lighting of the Trevor Eckel Memorial Flame.
There was also a team march past parade that gave competitors the opportunity to proudly don their homemade signs and show they were a force to be reckoned with.
"We always have returning teams and it's great to see familiar faces year after year,” event organiser Sandra Washington said.
"This year we even had a new team that travelled all the way from Fraser Coast, so it's awesome to see the word is getting out there.”
The Barry Burger was a bestseller at the canteen, paying tribute to Barry Brassington who had been involved with the games since it started and who died last year.
"Barry's daughter-in-law Melinda Brassington was working at the canteen and was thrilled with how many people came up and asked for it.” Ms Washington said.
"It's great to see so many people get behind someone that was very special to the event and had such a presence.”