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Volunteers ready for Masters Games, are you?

Anticipation is building ahead of the 2014 Masters Games in Alice Springs with more than 270 volunteers already signed up and with more expected to join in the action in the coming weeks.

“I’d like to thank all our volunteers who can’t wait to be a part of the iconic Alice Springs Masters Games – the jewel in Central Australia’s sporting crown,” said Minister for Sport, Recreation and Racing Matt Conlan at a reception in Alice Springs tonight to recognise the 2014 volunteers.

“Our volunteers are very special people and play a major role in making every participant’s experience memorable at the ‘Friendly Games’.

“They generously donate a combined many hundreds of hours of their time to making the Alice Springs Masters Games the huge success that it has been for the past 28 years, and in October this year they’ll don their uniforms and do it all again.

“Whether they’re dedicating many hours to making their sports a success as sports volunteers, offering a helping hand as a Games ambassador or performing any of the other many jobs we need to get done to keep the event running, there volunteers deserve every credit and gratitude from us for their tireless efforts.”

Mr Conlan also announced that Champion swimmer Dawn Fraser and much-loved entertainer Daryl Somers will be back at the Games in 2014.

“We are delighted to have the legendary Dawn Fraser and Daryl Somers back on board to reprise their very popular roles as Alice Springs Masters Games ambassadors,” he said.

“Dawn and Daryl will be on hand  once more to cheer on participants and volunteers as they create the special memories that keep bringing people back to the Games year after year and make them a huge success our town can be proud of.”

With just four weeks until entries close, now is the time to get online and sign up to join thousands of sporting fans from around for the Games in Alice Springs from October 11 to 18.

“We’ve been really pleased to see thousands of entries rolling in from around the Territory and across Australia, so the event is shaping up to be a great spectacle,” said Mr Conlan.

“The Games are a fantastic experience for everyone, and I encourage all Territorians and visitors to get involved in whatever capacity they’re able to, whether it’s your first time or you’re a return competitor, we want everyone on board.”

Entries close for competitors on September 12. For more information on the 2014 Alice Springs Masters Games, including how to enter, visit http://www.alicespringsmastersgames.com.au/  or call the Games hotline on 1800 658 951.

Media Contact: Lisa Andrews 0401 579 963