NELSON, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Athletics at Saxton Field during the NZCT South Island Masters Games, 26 September 2015, Nelson, New Zealand Photo: Chris Conroy/

Masters Games hit the ground running


The South Island Masters Games is in full swing and it will only get busier, say organisers.

The games, which come to Nelson every two years, kicked off on Saturday with sports across the region, including athletics, waka ama, stand up paddleboarding, volleyball, basketball, tennis, indoor netball, mountainbiking, touch, motorcross and badminton.

Games manager Rita Merriman says more than 2100 athletes have signed up for the games and the weather has played ball. “I’ve had a lot of people from out of town say how nice the weather is and they’re saying ‘typical Nelson’. Now I just hope it lasts until Sunday.”

Despite a busy weekend, Rita says this coming weekend will be even busier with netball and football – the two most popular sports – kicking off on Friday.
On Friday and Saturday night there will be parties under a marquee at the games village at Saxton Field.

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