Taranaki Masters Games to test skills

The TET Taranaki Masters Games are back, offering those from 20 years old the opportunity to test their skills in 22 sport codes, March 14-17.

"It is for those having a go, those trying to beat their own personal best times and those striving for medals. There is still plenty of time to train, or not if you just want to participate for fun," says co-ordinator Jacqui Wood.

She says 'masters' might invoke the perception that the games are for 'older' athletes only, when in fact younger people can also enter.

"For example, 20 years is a master for swimming; netball, volleyball and Texas Hold-em Poker is 25. The likes of athletics, basketball, darts, pistol shooting and running/walking are 30. Other sports range from 35 to 50 as a starting age."

The event this year is again organised by Taranaki Electricity Trust, which last year, in its inaugural year as organiser, saw interest and participation in the games rise.

TET chairperson Brian Jeffares says:

"Our involvement has been built on our perception of the enjoyment everyone gets, whether they are a participant, supporter or spectator."

Most codes will be played in Stratford: basketball, golf, indoor and lawn bowls, netball, pool, running and walking, snooker, squash, swimming, table tennis, Texas Hold-em poker and volleyball. Tennis, football and darts will be played in New Plymouth, while athletics and croquet will be hosted in Inglewood, dog agility in Normanby, equestrian events in Waitara, pistol shooting in Douglas and the cycling events will be shared by New Plymouth and Midhirst.

There is no limit on the number of codes entered. The registration fee is payable only once, irrespective of the number of sports entered.

For information or to enter visit www.taranakielectricitytrust.co.nz or pick up a booklet at any of the information centres in Taranaki. Entries close March 4.

- Stratford Press

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