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The Friendly Times Official Newspaper of the 2016 Alice Springs Masters Games 8 – 15 October 2016 Spiking Interest in Indoor Beach Volleyball There’s no better place to play indoor beach volleyball than the middle of the Central Australian desert. It is the perfect sport to play indoors, out of the sun, wind and cold – in fact, all year round. The rising popularity of the sport in Alice Springs is due to the Desert Sands Indoor Beach Volleyball Centre where this year’s Games competition is being held. Owners Sean O’Brien and Jess Thompson will host the men’s, ladies and mixed competitions from this afternoon and throughout the rest of the Games week. In the excitement of Saturday’s Opening Ceremony, the swag of participants representing the sport were overlooked during the march past. But Indoor Beach Volleyball is definitely an important part of the Alice Springs Masters Games family. The flag bearer this year was Laurence Pomery who has been involved in all versions of volleyball for 40 years. Pomery has represented Alice Springs and the NT many times. He was the first male player to win three consecutive indoor beach volleyball gold medals since the sport’s introduction into the Alice Springs Master Games. Pomery has been coaching for 25 years and continues to guide players to enhance their skills. He recently coached the Alice Springs ladies team to three consecutive top 3 finishes at the Australian Indoor Beach Volleyball titles and coached the first junior ladies team to third place. The Desert Sands Indoor Beach Volleyball Centre is located at 11 Kennett Court. L-R Long term cycling rivals Alan Sandford, Geoff Smith and Neil Wray competed at the criterium in the Alice CBD. A Winner On and Off the Course Monday 10th October | Issue 3 In one of the gutsiest efforts of the 2016 Games, an 80-year-old Victorian cyclist has won gold – a week after being cleared of cancer. Alan Sandford was diagnosed with prostate cancer nine years ago. He received the final all clear last week and immediately jumped in his car to drive solo to Alice Springs. And the effort has definitely paid off with Sandford winning his age division in the cycling criterium yesterday. “If I knew these Games were this good I would have been up here before,” he said. “It’s fantastic – all the people here are so friendly. “It’s a long way from Victoria but I’ll be back in two years’ time. “I’ve been cycling for 65 years and been to several other Masters events. “Cycling keeps me young and healthy. I love it. “I still train with the young 40 to 50 years old fellas and it’s great. The Friendly Times “There are several rivals from my early days still around and I bump into them all over the place.” Two of those rivals are 79-year-old Neil Wray and Geoff Smith, 74. Both are also competing at this year’s Alice Springs Masters Games. Wray is a five-time national track winner, while Smith competed in the tandem bike event at the Rome Olympics in 1960. There has been a friendly rivalry between the three since Sandford began competitive cycling 65 years ago. Among Sandford’s achievements are representing Queensland in the 1956 Olympic Trials and winning the Caulfield Cup on Wheels. He has also won numerous titles as a veteran/master cyclist plus silver medals at the Track Cycling World Master Championships in Sydney in 2007. There is no rest for Sandford after yesterday’s event. He has the road race and street sprint tomorrow and Thursday plus a couple of events on the track on Friday. WEATHER FORECAST ALICE SPRINGS TU WE TH FRI +24ºC +27ºC +27ºC +29ºC +30ºC Page 1

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