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8 NZ GREYPOWER MAGAZINE » MARCH 2018 Looking for some inspiration? If you’re seeking a little inspiration, look no further than the 4500 participants who competed at the recent New Otago Community Trust New Zealand Masters Games. An impressive 400 plus competitors were aged over 70, and 12 were over 80, with the oldest competitor (90) competing in the 5k walk - proof that age is no barrier to getting involved and participating in sports and activities. Golf attracted the eldest male competitor who was 88. May Hill (87) from Auckland took home six gold medals from the swimming pool and Arthur Dunkley (83) from Nelson hauled in eight gold medals and one silver from various track and field events. The New Zealand Masters games is the country’s largest sporting event, and while the majority of those involved were aged between 40-60 years, the diversity of age groups involved was truly inspiring. 2018 Games manager, Vicki Kestila says, “Inspiration is what the Games is about, people inspiring others to be active, to test themselves, to embrace life to the fullest. “Our competitors are invariably self-starters with volumes of energy, drive and commitment. Some are very competitive, others enjoy social competition and some simply want to test themselves.” With 59 different sporting events to choose from, it’s no surprise that team sports were the most popular - netball boasted 59 teams and football attracted 48 teams. New events this year included the triple stadium stair challenge, walking netball and beach volleyball. Croquet, indoor and outdoor bowls, petanque, and tennis were also popular. Fresh off the squash courts, Eddie Delahunty (83) and John Scully (76) summed up why they play. Their comments reflect a common positive outlook held by many older competitors at the Games. “It’s all about just about getting the ball back legally. I love it, if I keep waking up, I’ll keep playing,” says John. Eddie’s motto is “never stop or you won’t be able to start again.” While the medals and success were definitely icing on the cake, much of the appeal of the Games is in the camaraderie, the sense of involvement and fun, and the opportunity to meet new people from all walks of life. Why not set yourself a goal of involvement at the 2019 New Zealand Masters Games - being held in Whanganui. For a list of sports available and how to get involved, visit website nzmg.com Travel with award-winning Fun Over Fifty Queensland-based boutique tour operator, Fun Over Fifty has just clocked up another win at the Australian Tourism Awards. Taking out Silver in the Tour and/or Transport Operators category means Fun Over Fifty now has an impressive 18 Australian and Queensland awards to its name, all received over the last seven years. There’s no doubt that this makes Fun Over Fifty a discernable choice when you’re looking to book your next Australian holiday experience. Fun Over Fifty is a tour company with a difference, one which recognises how important you are as a guest and is passionate about turning holiday dreams into reality. This is a private, 100 percent Australian family owned and operated company, dedicated to delivering and sharing amazing travel experiences with guests, supporting local communities and building a sustainable future for the tourism industry and all travellers. Offering a select range of boutique tours designed specifically for the seniors market, there is something for everyone. The Fun Over Fifty biannual brochure and userfriendly website showcase an in-depth range of tours that visit every state and territory across Australia, and account for all interests. All tours are fully escorted and are inclusive of quality accommodation, meals and sightseeing. Itineraries are meticulously designed with the active seniors market in mind and the company ethos of ‘Travel in Style, Service with a Smile’ is delivered through outstanding customer service and exclusive venues and inclusions. Choose from two classes of coach travel when you book; the Fun Over Fifty signature ‘Gold Class’ or recently launch exclusive ‘Diamond Class’. But rest assured that all classes and tours deliver a fantastic, fun and stylish touring experience. You’ll find that it’s easy to see why this well established and recognised award winner is a leader within the Australian tourism market.
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