Australian Masters Games

Work rewarded by Games effort

1 October 2013

Work rewarded by Games effort

Competing at the Australia Masters Games is nothing new for Jeni Work, having competed at all Games but one since 1989, but reading the Athlete Oath during the Opening Ceremony will be.

Work, 58, was selected to represent her thousands of fellow competitors competing across 50 different sports to present the Athlete Oath.

The Western Australian’s Australian Masters Games medal tally makes for impressive reading. Work has won 12 gold medals, four silver and one bronze from her various Games. Herself and her team, the WA Legends will be gunning for their seventh consecutive gold medal in Geelong.

Recently arriving back from the World Masters Games in Torino, Italy, Work teamed up with a squad called the Southern Masters to take on the world’s best and won.

“Winning gold in Torino was a huge thrill. Competing at such a high level against countries from all around the world was such a buzz and to win was just an extra bonus.”

Work has played softball competitively for 48 years and has coached both state men’s and women’s teams in the Northern Territory and women’s Defence force teams competing in New Zealand. The softball sensation has also been to Canada for coaching and playing exchange in the 80’s and 90’s.

Over 8,000 people are expected to join Work in Geelong for the week-long event, beginning on Saturday 5th October. The Australian Masters Games encompasses 50 sports for men and women ranging from athletics, cycling and golf through to wood chopping and cue sports. The only pre-requisite for competing is that participants meet the minimum age criteria, which in most sports is 30 years.

As well as competing in their chosen sport, the Games offer a fun-filled social program, including an opening and closing ceremony, and festival-like atmosphere throughout the week.

Work will be joined by Channel Seven television personality Mark Beretta, best known for his role on the popular morning program Sunrise. Beretta, a 10-time Australian national waterskiing champion and avid road cyclist will swap the bike for a dragon boat when he lines up in the Australian Masters Games.

Born and raised in Geelong, Beretta said he was delighted to take part in the event.

“I’m excited to return to my home town with my family and showcase Geelong to the rest of Australia. It will be an exciting week of sport and entertainment, and dragon boat is going to be something foreign to me but I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Beretta said.

“I have always participated in sport and the Australian Masters Games is another great way for people to stay active in a fun atmosphere.”

Kean Selway, chair of the 14th Australian Masters Games, said the aim of the event was to invite participants from all parts of Australia and the world to gather in a celebration of sport, health and wellbeing.

“As one of Australia’s premier mass participation multi-sport event, our participants come from all walks of life and from all over Australia.”

“Being able to host such an iconic event in Geelong is massive for the local community and surrounding areas.” Selway said.

For further Australian Masters Games information and to register visit www.AustralianMastersGames.com.

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