Piper Denholm - 3 October 2015
The Australian Masters Games kicked off today with 18 of the 49 events happening across Adelaide.
Despite the early start, crowds were drawn to the swimming at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre for a 9am block start.
The first event for the day was the 400 metre freestyle.
Arms and legs were swinging in warm up and nerves were definitely evident in the participants.
One participant, Maddi Edgley-Smith from Greenwith, Adelaide, competing in her third Masters Games, was quite anxious for her first race.
“I have recently spent three months in the UK with not much time to train, but I am out here to set an example for my club and try my best,” said the 64-year-old.
Edgley-Smith started swimming as a child but never pursued it competitively.
After joining and becoming president of her club, the Tea Tree Gully Kingfishers, she has had an incentive to always do her best despite the competition.
Complications with her knee have helped Edgley-Smith become more determined to not only beat her friends and stand on the podium with a gold medal, but achieve more for herself.
After undergoing a knee replacement last year, Maddi turned to hydrotherapy during her six week recovery to get her back into the pool.
“After doing the exercises, I wanted to swim even more and become better,” she said.
Edgley-Smith has returned to the Games more confident in herself, and a strong believer in enjoying what you do and doing it to the best of your ability.
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.
2019 marks Carol Redford's 30th anniversary as an Australian Masters Games volunteer. She's volunteered in every Games that have taken place in Adelaide and is back again for the seventh time.
For Australian Masters Games participant Kerryn Conabere 2019 marks her 50th consecutive year of playing netball and her sixth straight Australian Masters Games. One of her highlights of all her years on the court, is playing on the same team as all four of her daughters.
Gold entries close on Wednesday 1 May. That's right, Gold entries close this week. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!