Adam Gilchrist announced as Ambassador for Masters Games

CRICKET legend and former Goonellabah boy Adam Gilchrist has been announced as Ambassador for the 9th Lismore Workers Masters Games.

The 2015 Lismore Workers Masters Games, which will be held from September 18-20 at various venues around Lismore, will be launched tomorrow at the Lismore Workers Club.

A Kadina High School graduate, and arguably the greatest Test wicketkeeper/batsman in history, Adam Gilchrist said he was "honoured" to be the 2015 Ambassador and was happy to promote the region where his love of sport began.

"As a former Lismore resident, my roots are firmly secured there, and I hope that by being the Games Ambassador I can encourage all participants to play hard, to play fair and most importantly, to enjoy the opportunities that are yours," Mr Gilchrist said.

"Sport is wonderful and will bring you many hours of enjoyment, both during the Games and afterwards, as you replay every moment of each day's game."

Masters Games Chairperson Matt Barlow said more than 2000 competitors are expected to converge on Lismore for the popular biennial sporting event, injecting over $1 million into the city's economy.

Matt said the Masters Games was less about winning and more about fun and participation for over 35s. He said a new, world-first addition this year was a Mini Olympics event, which was sure to be popular.

"We believe it will be a first in Masters history across the globe and we know it will fire people up. While the Masters Games is all about getting out and having some fun on the field, everyone loves a podium finish," Mr Barlow said.

"During the Mini Olympics, participants will battle it out in the sports of snooker, darts, indoor bowls and euchre over two days. And we'll be handing out gold, silver and bronze medals just like the real deal."

There are a total of 16 sports at the Masters Games including baseball, cricket, dressage, football, golf, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, Oztag, softball and swimming as well as five exciting new sporting categories - fitness challenge, rugby 7s, running, six-a-side football and the Mini Olympics, Lismore City Council Tourism and Events Manager Mitch Lowe said.

"We are so pleased the Lismore Workers Club has come on board as our major sponsor for the event and will once again play host to thousands of athletes from across NSW," Mr Lowe said.

"Having 2000 athletes come to Lismore for three days brings a huge economic benefit - accommodation venues are booked out, restaurants experience a surge in customers and all the pubs and clubs are full. This is a real boon for our city, and it puts our top-class sporting venues to excellent use."

For information and registration visit www.lismoremastersgames.com.au or phone the Masters Games office on 6621 3413.