by Nicole Wedding - 9 October 2015
For Masters Games participant 65 year-old Dominique Pierre, from Parafield, SA, pétanque is in his blood.
“I’ve been playing this sport for 30 years,” Dominque says.
“My father started playing when he retired. My mother played, and my wife’s a president of the Pétanque Club Adelaide. My two girls also play the game socially.”
Dominique emphasises the social value of the game.
“My wife and I play together. We’ve got a league in South Australia, so we play against other clubs,” he says.
“The social part of petanque is fantastic - we love it.”
Dominque’s passion for the game has led to a number of opportunities - notably, a trip to play in New York City.
“It was amazing - playing while being surrounded by high rises,” he exclaims.
He says the best aspect of the Masters Games is “socialising with people from interstate, and meeting people”.
“You’ve got friends virtually for life when you’re a pétanque player,” he adds.
Dominique has been participating in Masters Games pétanque at Prospect Pétanque Club, in Nailsworth.
The 15th Australian Masters Games are being held in Adelaide, October 3-10, featuring more than
10,000 participants from across Australia and around the world. There are 49 sports being played.
The Games aim to promote the benefits of long-term health and wellbeing, as well as providing a platform through which adult Australians can compete, socialise and enjoy sport.
The Australian Masters Games is proudly sponsored by the South Australian Tourism Commission
through Events South Australia.
More than 10,000 athletes and spectators will come together in Adelaide in 2019 for the 17th Australian Masters Games.
Tasmania’s North West has put on a show during eight days of memorable Australian Masters Games action, according to Games general manager Scott Wade.
It is impressive for anyone to take up a sport in their later years and compete as a Masters athlete, but starting out as a gymnast at the age of 60 is a remarkable achievement by Alexander Beernink.