2 October 2015
After more than two years of preparations, the 15th Australian Masters Games are on the blocks and ready to run in Adelaide, with the festival of sport kicking off TOMORROW, Saturday 3 October.
18 of the total 49 sports will be in action tomorrow across 22 venues throughout Adelaide, including the oldest participant in the Games, 92 year old tennis player Henry Young.
Then it’s onto the event more than 10,000 participants have been waiting for – the Opening Ceremony party.
Held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, the event will feature entertainment from the party-pumping 80’s Unlimited, backed up by the non-stop hits of Mr Buzzy. In a special treat for participants, multi-talented Games ambassador Rob Mills will also take to the stage for a guest appearance, ahead of taking to the basketball court in the 30+ men’s competition on Sunday.
Proceedings will kick off at 7.00pm with the Athlete March, as each individual sport is recognised and celebrated by thousands of Games’ participants en masse.
Lord Mayor Martin Haese will welcome participants to the Games and the city of Adelaide, before being presented the Australian Masters Games flag as host city of the 15th Australian Masters Games.
In a representation of the true spirit of the Games, 56-year-old Patricia Lewis will read the Athlete’s Oath on behalf of all participants. The Campbelltown, New South Wales mother has overcome her fair share of adversity to be here in Adelaide, having dislocated both arms and suffered other serious upper body injuries in a 2009 workplace accident. (Click here for further details)
She was later diagnosed with aggressive, grade three triple negative breast cancer and told by doctors she would never swim again, before surviving a heart attack on Mother’s Day in 2013 as a result of damage to her heart from chemotherapy.
Joined by her 27-year-old daughter Kate, Lewis will also carry the flag for swimming during the participant march.
Member for Reynell Katrine Hildyard MP will then officially declare the 15th Australian Masters Games open, signalling the start to a party that will go long into the night.
80’s Unlimited will take the room back to the glory days, when hair was high, shoulder pads were wide, and denim was acid washed and tight. Delivering the best music from the best era, this South Australian supergroup is a must watch – especially when Games ambassador Rob Mills joins the line-up for some ‘80s hits.
Highlights and points of interest for Saturday 3 October:
2pm @ Airbnb Games Village, Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace
It’s the big game LIVE on the big screen, and there’s no better place to watch the AFL Grand Final than amongst all the atmosphere of the Airbnb Games Village.
9:15am @ Tennis Seniors South Park Complex, Greenhill Road, Adelaide
The oldest participant at the 15th Australian Masters Games will open his account in the Men’s singles 80+ category against Ron Moulton. He’ll be back in action at 1:45pm against Ray Hill, and finish the day off against Bob Finn at 3:15pm.
10:10am @ SA Athletics Stadium, 145 Railway Terrace, Mile End
9:15am-12:30pm @ SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre, 443 Morphett Road, Oaklands Park
Inspirational mother Patricia Lewis has overcome a severe workplace injury, a heart attack and aggressive breast cancer to take her place at the 15th Australian Masters Games. Her first events of the Games begin on Saturday morning in swimming and athletics.
7pm @ Airbnb Games Village, Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace
Featuring the official Games opening, Athlete March and the music you want to hear, with 80’s Unlimited, Mr. Buzzy and Rob Mills and a host of VIPs.
The 15th Australian Masters Games are being held in Adelaide, October 3-10, featuring more than 10,000 participants from across Australia and around the world.
The Australian Masters Games is proudly sponsored by the South Australian Tourism Commission through Events South Australia.
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