Rockingham softballers off to World Masters Games


Looking forward to competing in the World Masters Games in softball are, left to right at back: Kay Symes, Carmen Ryan, Andrea Waenga, Kelly Nesbit, Theresa Makoare-Taylor, Tracy Yeardley, Michelle Nesbit, Lee Casey, Glenn Harrison, (front) Cheryl Gray, Rangi Smith, Tina Harding, Kathleen Harrison, Nga Nelson, Corrina Marshall and Vicky Anscombe.
Looking forward to competing in the World Masters Games in softball are, left to right at back: Kay Symes, Carmen Ryan, Andrea Waenga, Kelly Nesbit, Theresa Makoare-Taylor, Tracy Yeardley, Michelle Nesbit, Lee Casey, Glenn Harrison, (front) Cheryl Gray, Rangi Smith, Tina Harding, Kathleen Harrison, Nga Nelson, Corrina Marshall and Vicky Anscombe.

TWO years of hard work, including raising money through sausage sizzles and selling chocolates, is about to pay off for 32 Rockingham softballers as they prepare to take part in the World Masters Games in Auckland.

The members of the Rockyora Masters Group will be joining 25,000 athletes from 100 countries who will be competing in 28 sports from April 21 to 30.

Co-ordinator Lee Casey said the group will be fielding two sides in the 35 and over and 45 and over age recreational grades, competing against 51 and 32 teams respectively.

“For a lot of the group this is their first time at a World Masters Games and we are really looking forward to being a part of this event,” Casey said.

“Everyone has paid for their own flights and accommodation.

“Our fundraising has paid for the designing and production of a new kit and the hiring of vans and other costs for getting a large group to an international sporting event.”

She said the team had received tremendous support from local businesses and councils.

“We would like to thank everyone that has supported us in getting to the World Masters Games,” she said.

Casey said the teams would be playing one game a day and would also enjoy the social side of being part of the huge international event.

She said they were also looking forward to being in New Zealand to attend the Anzac Day dawn service and thanked friends, families and the Rockyora Softball Club for their support.