A SPIKE in interest will ensure this year’s Eight Day Games is one of the most hotly contested in the competition’s 37-year history.
Set to begin on November 16, this year’s Eight Day Games already has 31 Kings and 28 Queens registered to take part in a range of sporting disciplines.
The 2013 games has a commando course, mountain bike ride, athletics events, swimming, canoeing, squash, a 3.2-kilometre run, putt putt golf, lawn bowls, orienteering, tenpin bowling, clay target shooting, bow hunting and mystery events to test the bumper field.
Eight Day Games secretary Jason Lyne said despite encouraging early numbers, more entrants are being sought.
“A couple of people pulled out at the last minute last year, so we’re still looking for backups,” Lyne said.
“It’s been a great response so far this year. There’s a number of new competitors, I think, from memory, there’s 17 people competing for the first time and about 11 or 12 for their second or third year.”
There’s also athletes like Craig Harvey and Steve Drain who are making their long awaited return to the games.
“They think they’re a bit older and wiser and a little bit smarter,” Lyne smiled.
“Brian Rix is another, he’s competing for the first time in his 70s.
“We’ve got competitors ranging from 18 to in their 70s this year.
“It just shows it’s not about fitness, it’s about having a good time.”
Nominations will be finalised by Friday, with the rules day this Sunday at the Gladstone Hotel.
Anyone interested in being part of the 2013 Eight Day Games can contact Lyne on 0409 822 334.