Port Augusta and District Little Athletics host carnival at Masters Games

Port Augusta and Districts Little Athletics Centre hosted the athletics carnival of the Port Pirie Come See Change Masters Games this weekend.

51 athletes from across the country competed in track, field and road events over three days starting on Friday.

While the event was different in terms of the age of athletes, the rules under which they competed differ little from the club's regular Sunday morning competition.

The little athletics motto of family, fun and fitness was also evident as the athletes cheered and encouraged each other and also shared a laugh.

They enjoyed having their medals presented by children who compete in the centre's regular Sunday competition, as well as by former Australian netballer Michelle Den Dekker and basketballer Mark Davis.

Athletes competed in the 30-34 age group, through to the 80+ age category, with many competing in all events.

Secretary Michelle Murphy said while the competition was hard work for organisers, it had been a very rewarding experience.

"Our athletes made a mark on the competitors, with many favourable comments received over the competition," she said.

"It was nice to see the relationship between the children and the masters grow over the weekend."

The Masters Games organisers were able to provide volunteers to the centre, who acted as marshalls and drinks providers at the 10-kilometre road run and walk yesterday, as well as place givers on the track, while St Mark's College students helped at field and track events on Friday.