Masters Games entries rolling on

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Hit for six . . . Cricket is one of the many team sports available at the Otago Community Trust New Zealand Masters Games. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Athletes from near and far are taking advantage of the Otago Community Trust New Zealand Masters Games early bird prices.

The reduced early bird entry fee is available for all participants until December 3, before standard pricing takes over until January 13.

Masters Games events co-ordinator Maria Apii said competitors from around New Zealand and overseas had already signed up for the games, which start on February 1.

Overseas competitors would come countries such as Australia, India, America, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom.

“Entries are going really strong,” she said.

There was a misconception accommodation in Dunedin was all booked out, but there were still plenty of options still available, she said.

She encouraged people to contact the Dunedin i-SITE Visitor Information Centre which was set up to handle all the accommodation during the games and had access to the city’s halls of residence.

However, some people were opting to bring their caravans and campervans – including games ambassador Warren Lees.

“There’s plenty of options for people.

“Dunedin is busy but it’s not full by any means and we can cater for the thousands who will come into town.”

There had already been plenty of interest in individual and team sports, including the new event corn hole.

“People are quite intrigued because it’s a little bit different.”

Fun events such as Top Team, the Great Gatsby-themed Twilight 400 and Wine Options were also popular because people did not have to practise or have experience to take part.

If people wanted to compete in a team event but did not have a team, organisers could find them one.

So far, the youngest competitor was a 20-year-old entered in the open water swim and the oldest were two 90-year-olds playing golf and lawn bowls.

“We’ve got all ages.”

To enter, go online to www.nzmg.com.