It was a struggle but the 23rd annual Clutha Super Masters Games in Balclutha took off last Wednesday despite worries about Covid›19.
Organiser Peter Homan said the day of sports for older people in the community was always going to happen.
“It is great to see all the smiling faces here today but it was a bit of a struggle organising it all until we went to Level 1, but then everything happened in the last minute and here we are today.
“We had great support from all the districts’ rest›homes and senior citizen groups. As soon as we sent out the entry forms they came flooding back.
‘‘The only problems I had were really with the internet banking. It’s something we older people have yet to understand fully,” Mr Homan said.
This year five rest›homes and five senior support groups from around the Clutha district entered the competitions.
A total of 93 competitors, the oldest of whom was 99, lined up to take part in the five events.
Esmae Paul (95), from Lawrence, said she had been to various games in the past and loved it because of the camaraderie of all the competitors.
“It is all about enjoying each other’s company and the games are great. They challenge us, which is what we need today,” Mrs Pout said.
Clutha Mayor Bryan Cadogan officially opened the games, stating that he believed New Zealand was the only country in the world that could safely hold a super masters games.