A positive and active lifestyle, creating new friendships and having fun with team-mates are just some of the benefits of taking part in the Masters Games.
This year Murray Bridge will be hosting the South Australian games from April 19 to April 22, and there is a call out for local teams and individuals to take part in a range of sports.
The sports include archery, athletics, basketball, carriage driving, clay target shooting, cricket, croquet, cycling, darts, dragon boat racing, golf, lawn bowls and lawn tennis.
There is also the Masters mile, multisport, netball, sailability, softball, squash, swimming, table tennis and trial running.
Murray Bridge Mayor Brenton Lewis is challenging locals to enter any of the individual sports or get together a team of like-minded people to contest sports such as lawn bowls.
“Come and give it a go,” Mr Lewis said.
“We have two great clubs here in Murray Bridge and they are very welcoming of new and visiting players.”
“I wish I’d started playing bowls earlier – it’s great for the body and great for the mind.”
Sport coordinator Noel Kneebone and his wife Karen Kneebone have joined the Mayor in inviting people from 30 years and over to register for the games.
“You’re never too old to give it a go,” Mr Kneebone said.
“I wish I’d started it earlier – it’s great for the body and great for the mind.”
He said many young people moved away from sport once they became busy with families and work, but once the children were grown and they had retired many were returning to some type of activity.
“For retirees it’s a good time to start again,” he said.
The Murray Bridge RSL Bowling Club will host lawn bowls mixed fours on April 19, open pairs on April 20 and open fours on April 21.
In a number of sports there are events which have categories making it easier for the athletes to contest against others of the same age.