Region well represented

Sport. More than 30 locals over the age of 30 participated in the Australian Masters Games held across the north west coast late last month.

They were among more than 5000 people from across the state, country and abroad who competed at the event open to anyone meeting the qualifying age.

Circular Head entered a hockey and netball side into the games, both successfully earning silver medals. The region also entered various individual athletes.

Roger Carter and Gale ‘Buck’ Benson both entered the hillclimb motorsport events with Carter claiming gold and setting a new record in the Group NLB under 2 litre category.

In table tennis, Circular Head was represented by Jason Berechree and Ashley Popowski.

Playing in the doubles competition alongside Dominic Graham, Berechree earned a bronze medal before claiming silver as part of the Over 30 team Scotties.

Popowski joined Over 65 side Team ABCs for a bronze placing as well as earning silver alongside Brian Locke in the doubles competition.

Sally Collins tried her hand at both tennis and mountain biking earning silver and bronze respectively while Kelvin Bryant also competed in tennis.

In basketball action, Tammy Edwards and Katrina Furphy joined the Ol Fouls team to earn a silver medal in the Over 35 competition while David Woodward and Jimmy Martin joined cricket team Pirates to claim a second placing.

Kris Birtwistle participated in cycling, John Jacobs in lawn bowls and Darren Blazely took part in the archery events while Jackie Poke claimed silver in Division One golf.

Judi Leale, Aaron Robertson and Sue Popowski hit the track in trail running with Leale and Robertson both earning silver.

In athletics Leale, Robertson, Popowski, Peter Grey, Kelly Honess, and Jessica Tomlinson competed with Tomlinson winning gold and silver. Honess went on to compete in canoe and kayak events.

More than 2000 Tasmanians took part in 47 sports across 70 venues throughout the games, 1000 of these athletes were from the north west and more than 1000 volunteers provided support during the week-long event.

The event was the first games hosted in the state since the inaugural games were held in Hobart in 1987.

At the conclusion of the games on Sunday October 28, Adelaide, South Australia was announced as the host of the next Australian Masters Games set to be held in 2019. 

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