Official Newspaper of the 2016 Alice Springs Masters Games 8 – 15 October 2016
Partying to remember
About 1500 people flocked to the
centre of town last night to help
celebrate the 30th anniversary of the
Alice Springs Masters Games.
The Alice Springs Town Council lawns
were crammed with people of all
ages, from locals to interstate and
overseas visitors, and Games athletes
to interested onlookers.
Cover band Clearway didn’t fail to
entertain, getting many up on their feet
and swaying to a strong repertoire of
new and classic hits including N.E.R.D’s
She Wants to Move, Robin Thicke’s
Blurred Lines, One Republic’s Counting
Stars and the perennial favourite made
famous by Bryan Adams Summer of 69.
Games Ambassador Daryl Somers and
Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan had
the honour of cutting the four massive
milk chocolate and white chocolate
mud cakes which the crowd quickly
The cakes represented a significant
milestone, marking 30 years since the
Games inception in 1986.
The Games were the brain child of the
Australian Sports Commission which
came up with the idea of a Masters
Games in the 1980s. Games Patron
Dawn Fraser was on the original
The Northern Territory Government
realised the potential opportunities for
economic and social development and
embraced the idea. So the first Masters
Games event in Australia was born and
held in Alice Springs.
The 1986 Alice Springs Masters Games
(then called the Central Australian
Masters Games) became only the
second event of its kind to be staged in
The only previous multi-sport Masters
Games was the first World Masters in
Toronto, Canada in 1985.
The Alice Springs Masters Games
developed in to a success story
and quickly earned the reputation
of ‘The Friendly Games’ because of
the camaraderie and good spirited
nature of the competitors and the
environment created by the games
village atmosphere of Alice Springs.
Many thousands of former participants
and volunteers are scattered around
the world, with 47 who attended the
very first Games, registering for this
year’s 30th anniversary event.
The good natured camaraderie for
which the Games is known, was evident
last night as athletes turned up to party
in their team colours and costumes.
Of course, there had to be a bit of
good old fashioned sports rivalry with
four teams taking on the tug-o-war
There were a couple of good tussles but
the Henley-on-Todd Vikings managed
to beat off the Spectrum netballers
to come first. Licorice Allsorts put in a
good showing to hold off the Bulls to
take third place.
The evening finished relatively early at
9pm, with many participants dispersing
to nearby pubs and bars to continue to
share the spirit of the Friendly Games in
to the night.
Thursday 13th October | Issue 6
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13 October 2016 is a lucky day for most. Don’t be put
off by the number 13. Astrologically the traditionally
superstitious digit is rendered harmless by the lucky
number 10 that represents the month of October. Seize
the day and run out on to the field knowing the planets
You may be feeling as if you just can’t catch a break. Search
for that lucky Rabbit’s foot you found at your Uncle’s farm,
tie it to your sports bag and your scores are bound to
When you look in the mirror you see a strong, fit specimen
of a human being. Then you put on your glasses and … well,
need we say more? It’s time to remember you are what you
Changing Fortunes Lead to Gold
An Alice Springs athlete who switched
from running to walking took home
the honours at yesterday’s 10km walk.
Champion walker Debbie Page was
the first woman and overall event
winner in a time of 1:00:17.
Mitch Cameron backed up his age
category win in the 5km cross country
on Tuesday with another gold medal,
this time finishing in 1:07:39.
Page made her running début at the
age of 40, competing in the 2000
Sydney Marathon. Unfortunately,
immediately following the event,
and despite her new-found love for
running, she acquired a significant hip
Her physio told her there’d be no
more running, so she better start
Determined to keep competing at
something, Page entered the Walk
in the Alice Springs Masters Games
in 2000 and happily found herself
She continued trying to get faster,
and learnt a lot from watching others
Page returned to Sydney 10 years
later and entered the World Masters
to celebrate her 50th birthday.
In a twist of fate, Page met Australian
race walker Heather Carr on a train.
Carr quickly shared some of the
sports’ most important rules.
Page went on to win gold in the 10km
walk and silver in the 5km walk during
Page honed her skills with the help
of renowned race walking coach and
judge Bob Cruise.
He helped with training programs
and encouraged Page to attend the
2012 Australian Walk Championships,
where she received the team gold
medal with Claire Tallent and Gloria
Page was named the NT Masters
Sportsperson of the Year in 2010.
Thursday is your hump day this week. If you can get over
the disappointment of your continuous losses, you’ll skate
through the rest of the week and may even fluke a medal.
Keep your fingers crossed.
You’ve been longing to excel in a sport for some time. The
traditional sports may not be for you. Try quidditch … or
extreme ironing … or gurning (you know, the sport where
the ugliest face wins). You’re bound to find your niche.
A brewing rivalry with a particularly strong opponent could
jeopardise a promising team effort. It’s up to you to knock
some heads together and get everyone back on track.
You’ve been on a winning streak recently but all that is
about to end. The Gods of sport want a more even playing
field and are giving your luck to another.
Congratulations! You are the recipient of the generosity of
the Gods of sport. You should start experiencing a winning
streak any day now. Be patient.
If you’re having a rough day on the field, use your sense of
humour to lighten the vibe. After all, laughter is the best
medicine – just avoid the maniacal kind that attracts men in
You know that feeling when your opponent is doing well ...
really well ... and you think there’s absolutely no way you’ll
be able to pull off a win? That pretty much sums up today.
It’s a good day. All the stars are aligning, the bones aren’t
clicking, the Voltaren gel is working a treat and you’re
strapped to within an inch of your life. You can conquer the
You should be grateful ASADA thought it was too expensive
to fly to Alice Springs. Otherwise all that alcohol you drank
last night at the Midweek Party might be an issue. Thank
your lucky stars.
The logical side of your brain is telling you that you should
have a strategy to knock off that opponent. Unfortunately,
you are a Piscean and you will do whatever you like anyway.
It’s time to listen to others.
Many old friendships are being renewed at the basketball stadium during this year’s 30th Anniversary
Masters Games, with teams looking to continue past good form.
Smith’s Long Walk to Gold
An 81-year-old man who walked
700km for charity has taken out the
gold in the 5km walk.
Leigh Smith, from Hahndorf in South
Australia, won his age division in a
time of 40:50:09.
The keen walker has had plenty of
practice – last year he walked from
the Docklands in Melbourne to his
home in Hahndorf, completing the
incredible 700km journey in 13 days.
“When I had the idea of walking from
Melbourne to Hahndorf it was for me
to show my appreciation to all the
people that had given me support and
happiness during the past 80 years
and, at the same time to raise money
for the Cancer Council and Heart
Foundation,” he said.
Smith covered 40-65km every day
on what he called his ‘Thank You
Walk’. He sometimes walked with his
daughter and son, but mostly made
the trek on his own. He raised an
He said the highlight was a man on
a tractor approaching him and giving
him a handful of coins worth about
The octogenarian timed his arrival
into Hahndorf Football Club, where
he’s a life member, on Anzac Day in
between the seniors’ football games.
He said the arrival was an unbelievable
“Family, friends and football club
supporters were there to welcome be
back to Hahndorf, “ he said.
“It was a very emotional moment and
will always be with me.”
Following his long walk, Leigh says he
never wants to see a Sustagen drink
again, or eat any more lolly snakes.
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A former Sydney man has flown
more than 4000km to Alice Springs
for a game of baseball.
Darren Llewellyn is part of the Bulls
Baseball Club, based in Adelaide, but
flew all the way from Singapore where
he now works and lives.
It is Llewellyn’s fifth Alice Springs
Masters Games and he’s made the
trek from the South East Asian nation
“The Games are a chance to reconnect
with friends from my old clubs, as well
as meet new folks,” he said.
“An email goes out six months before
the Games calling for people to
confirm their place in the team and
that’s when it’s decision time.
“From that point on it gets exciting.
“We’re all back in contact and emails
fire backwards and forwards as we
make plans from our corners of the
“Hopefully we’ll play well enough to
compete for a gold medal at the end
of the week, but you can be sure the
Bulls will make their mark on the
Games in the social part of the week.”
The 46-year-old said he always enjoys
his Alice Springs Masters Games
“Even though we’re more seasoned,
the competitiveness still bubbles up
from time to time, and for a brief
moment I forget the aches and pains,
and the mind tries to convince the
body to make the extra effort.”
Llewellyn was first invited to compete
at the Games with mates from Sydney
He came, saw, enjoyed and made the
commitment to return in the future.
He just didn’t relise that his future
would be in Singapore.
Llewellyn has been involved with
baseball for more than 30 years. He
co-founded the Singapore Brewers
baseball club in 2010.
“It’s a group of adult expats and beer
aficionados competing in the national
league,” he said.
In the past few years Llewellyn has
transitioned to the off-field running of
the club, but still makes the occasional
“I’d hardly call it preparation for a
serious Games campaign though.”
Llewellyn also competes in athletics
events in his spare time to stay active
and meet new people.
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Unknowns could Challenge in Masters Mile
Alice Springs couple Emma
Kraft and Brad White are in
good form leading in to this
evening’s Masters Mile with
both clear favourites for the
Kraft won the 5km cross country
on Tuesday while White won the
800m by two laps and also clocked
a good time in the 3000m.
Kraft is breaking her training
schedule for the Melbourne
Marathon by running the ‘short’
While Kraft has said she is only
doing it for the fun of the mile, she
only knows one way to run once
the gun goes off at the start – to
The duo will have the advantage
of being local residents so should
not be too hindered by the 25C
forecast for the race this evening.
The Masters Mile is traditionally
a popular spectator event with
people lining the street from the
start at Strehlow Street to the
mass crowd at the finish near the
Games Centre on Todd Street.
They cheer everyone on – from
the front runners to those aged
80-plus further down the field.
John Bell holds the record for
winning the most outright Masters
Mile events with three.
Athletics coordinator John
Bermingham said, as of yesterday,
there were 189 participants
entered in both the women’s and
He said while Kraft and White
will start as favourites, there
are runners in the field who
could push them – especially as
entry isn’t restricted to athletics
“There are also good runners
in other sports. We don’t know
about their form or ability,”
There will be many crowd
favourites returning this year
including hearing impaired runner
Entry is open until 5pm today.
Games participants in other
sports who want to compete in
the event can enter at the Games
Centre by paying a $5 fee.
The women’s race starts at 6pm.
The men are due to start 30
If you want to watch the action,
make sure you get to the finish
line in front of the Town Council
lawns early to secure a good
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Record Medal Haul at Pool and Track
An amazing number of athletics and
swimming records have tumbled at this
year’s Alice Springs Masters Games.
Swimmers have taken to heart Australian
sporting icon Dawn Fraser’s message that
records are there to be broken.
In the first four days of competition, 169
new swimming marks were set. And the
tally from athletes competing across the
road were not far behind.
First time Alice Springs Masters Games
participant Darrin Tahere is surprised he
was a star performer of this week’s meet.
Tahere made a big splash in the pool with
eight Games records in the 35-39 age
category. He set eight records – five for
individual swims and three in relays.
“I am really surprised to have broken the
records,” he said.
“There were not a lot of swimmers in my
age group but I was expecting a couple of
people might be ahead of me.
“It is my first time and I love it.
“I have met a lot of people in town who do
swimming so it is good networking … and a
lot of fun.”
Tahere is not alone in setting the pool alight
during these Games.
Others to do well include the oldest male
swimmer 87-year-old Gordon Medcalf who
set six new records.
Dr Clare Hand, who is also providing sports
medicine at the pool, broke five records
while the swimming coordinator Julie
Collins also broke five records.
Alice Springs swimmers Chris Daffy and
Josh van Haaren both registered four
There were also records set across the road
in athletics events.
Charles Crowley, who competed in the 80+
age group, showed the way with five new
Hearing impaired runner Cristine Suffolk
showed she was in good form with a record
in the 3000m women’s 45+ age group,
with a time of 11:53. She backed it up with
5:49.57 to win gold in the 1500m to add
to her collection from the past four Alice
Springs Masters Games.
Suffolk is heading to the World Masters
games in two weeks.
Rhondda Dundas was a triple record
breaker in the women’s 70+ division in the
shot put, hammer and discus.
Other records were set by Volodymyr
Shelever, Noela Medcalf and Coral Allan.
And there were plenty of other highlights
on the four days of the meet.
New track star and 34-year-old Clancy Snell
ran good times in the 100m and 200m but
was shaded in the 400m by Kat Cacavas,
who won silver in the 5km cross country
earlier in the day.
Local legend Dick Kimber won gold in both
track and field in his 75+ age group. He also
won gold in the 100m and shot put.
Gladys Gullock, 88, and Gordon Medcalf,
who had a good meet at the swimming,
showed a strong turn of pace, both winning
the 100m sprints in a shade more than 30
Grant Allan won a swag of medals in the
60+ age category including gold in the
3000m, 1500m, 400m and 200m.
Man of Many Gold Talents
Octogenarian Ian Stewart may have to buy extra baggage
allowance after his record medal haul at these Games.
The spritely 81-year old will be
weighed down with gold and silver
when he returns home to Western
Australia after amassing an amazing
13 medals this year. His feat is all the
more impressive because he did it in
the pool and at the track.
Stewart has been swimming since he
was nine years old, and this week he
went on to win eight gold medals and
break seven Games records in the
He swam a mixture of strokes
including breast, back and freestyle
over distances ranging from 25m to
And if that wasn’t enough, Stewart
filled in his time by winning a gold
in shot put and silver in long jump,
triple jump, discus throw and the M80
He would have also entered the
1500m in the pool and the Masters
Mile – but he’s had to retire early with
a pulled muscle.
Stewart is a seasoned Games veteran,
being to every Alice Springs Masters
Games since 1996 and only missing
the 2014 Games.
His first Masters challenge was the
World Masters Games in Brisbane in
1994 where he won silver and bronze.
Stewart loves the competition at the
Alice Springs Masters Games but says
the highlight for him this year was
getting to shake swimming legend
Dawn Fraser’s hand – not just once but
for six of his 13 medal presentations.
He said he’s looking forward to
returning in 2018 to see if he can
break even more records.
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Debutante will be Back
Organisers of the Go-Karting competition have hailed
the sport’s entry into this year’s Games a success.
It’s taken 30 years to get the sport to join the Alice Springs
Masters Games family and spokesman Tony Connor said
they’ll be back in 2018.
“We didn’t know what to expect for our first Games but it
turned out to be a good first night,” he said.
“There was a bit of confusion early with the points due to
the heats being pushed through quickly to make sure we
finished in good time.
“But it was a fun night, better than I expected.
“A lot of different people won medals and it was good they
were spread around a bit.
“Everyone is happy.
“There was a bit of contact in the 125s but that’s Go-
“We’re now working on how to make it better in 2018.”
Western Australian Michelle Joyce had the honour of
being the first winner in the Alice Springs Masters Games
Go-Karting competition, taking out the opening heat on
Tuesday in the 125 class.
Go-Karting will have its final competition of the Games
The teams’ event will start when the sun goes down
although drivers will be out and about at the Arunga Park
track from 5pm.
Even Musos Can Jump
The Alice Springs Masters Games attracts all sorts –
even superstar musicians.
Alice Springs-raised music legend, Ian Moss, has seen the
light and is taking part in his first Games.
Moss was lured to the Games by long-time friend and
owner of 8HA radio Roger Harris to play in the Tjilpis
(pronounced chill-pees) basketball team. The team is made
up of men all over the age of 60.
Moss, 61, is best known as a guitarist and occasional
vocalist with Cold Chisel. He went on to have his own
successful solo career.
Cold Chisel reformed in 2011, performing 24 shows in
Australia and another two in New Zealand on their Light
the Nitro tour.
Last year they visited 13 major Australian regional centres
and capital cities in their One Night Stand tour.
Moss arrived in Alice Springs on Monday morning, fresh
from a gig in Perth on Sunday night.
“I’d been on the ground for five minutes and was straight
into a game,” he said.
“I don’t normally play basketball, but I do maintain quite
a strict fitness regime so I’ve pulled up OK, though I must
point out we were really only playing for fun.”
Despite leaving Alice Springs 40 years ago to move to
Sydney, Moss said that Alice Springs “still feels like home”.
And he said he’d enjoyed his time at the Games.
“This truly is the Friendly Games with the social aspect of
the event as much of a lure as the sport itself,” he said.
“I’ve had a great time catching up with old friends, making
new ones and remembering the Alice of old. Maybe I’ll
even make it back for the next ones.”
Let’s hope he comes back to not only compete but to
perform at the next Games in 2018.
Around the Traps...
You have to feel for the golfers playing at the Alice
Springs Golf Club. It’s breeding season for the local
plovers who are dive-bombing participants they
believe pose a threat to their young. There have been
some agitated golfers doing some jerky arm waving
moves in response. Best way to stop the problem is
to move in groups or wear a hat and sunglasses.
It is a time-honoured tradition in major sporting
contests for teams to exchange gifts before the
Games and most netball teams have adopted the
practice. Usually, it’s a simple trinket or something
similar. The GapView Cocktails team took things to a
new level with their gift of a cocktail, complete with
straw and stubby holder. One of the delectable drinks
was called Hell on Wheels.
You won’t see this every day. Alice Springs man Hugh
Round is competing in his first Masters Games and in
his first attempt at orienteering. He added an extra
challenge for himself – taking 17-month old Louis
along for the ride. The toddler weighs in at about
15kg but fell asleep during the outing, forcing Hugh
to slow down for the bigger rocks so as not wake the
youngster. Oh, to be 36 again and fit enough to cart
an extra 15kg around while competing!
We pass this tidbit on without comment … the Viagra
Hawks baseball team has apparently not washed the
jockstrap worn over the catcher’s pants for many a
year … the rumour is that it may have been 2009 ….
Alice Springs mountain biker Ben Gooley has been a
standout performer at these Games, taking out gold
in the 30-34 age group in every race he’s entered. The
tally is at 5 with still more races to go.
The Queens of the Desert are putting in a sterling
effort, refereeing more than 36 basketball games so
far between them … and some of them are playing
as well - in two teams no less! Now that’s dedication.
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Whats On Today
at the Alice Springs Masters Games
Triathlon & Duathlon - Duathlon
Alice Springs Desert Park
Golf - Alice Springs Golf Club
Archery - FITA 60/900 round
Dead Centre Bowhunters Club
Lawn Bowls - Mens & Ladies Singles Memorial Club
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Shooting – Sporting Shooters -
Competition Sporting Shooters Club
Hockey - Hockey Centre Traeger Park
Tennis - Singles Traeger Park Courts
Motorcycling - The Scrambles
Alice Springs Motorcycle Club
Baseball - Competition Lyle Kempster Park
Touch - Competition Flynn Park
Darts - Team Games Alice Springs Golf Club
Equestrian - Competition Blatherskite Park
Tenpin Bowling - Masters Final Dustbowl
Softball - Competition Jim McConville Park
Badminton - Individuals OLSH Marian Centre
Equestrian - Competition Blatherskite Park
Basketball - Competition Traeger Park Stadium
Cricket - CDU, Jim McConville Park &
Rhonda Diano Park
Touch - Competition Flynn Park
Cricket - CDU, Jim McConville Park &
Rhonda Diano Park
Table Tennis - Team Events OLSH Marian Centre
Indoor Beach Volleyball - Competition Desert Sands
Mountain Biking - ANZAC Hill Climb ANZAC Hill
Football (Soccer) - Competition Ross Park
Eightball - Competition Club Eastside
Go-Karting - Competition Arunga Park Speedway
Tennis - Doubles Traeger Park Courts
Athletics – Masters Mile - Mens & Ladies Gap Road
Netball - Semi Finals Pat Gallagher Netball Courts
Cycling - Street Sprint Council Lawns
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