Four locals to compete in Masters

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Pierra WillixBusselton Dunsborough Times

Three Busselton volleyball players will be travel to New Zealand later this month to compete in the World Masters Games.

Busselton Volleyball Association players Joan Strikwerda-Brown, Linda Clayton and Ayumi Shinjo will be competing at what is billed as the world’s largest multi-sport event in Auckland across a number of disciplines including indoor, beach pairs, beach fours and mixed.

The World Masters Games is held every four years and will see more than 25,000 athletes from more than 100 countries and aged from 30 to 100 compete in 28 sports.

Strikwerda-Brown has been playing volleyball for more than 40 years and said the event was a great opportunity to compete against people in the same age group as well as have some fun and develop a sense of camaraderie.

“We are really passionate about volleyball and the event also allows us to compare ourselves with other players from around the world,” she said.

Clayton has been playing the sport for 30 years and said the masters enabled her to play in an age group that was not usually available in WA.

She said seeing other players come back every four years encouraged her to keep on competing.

“The event encouraged you to keep going and when you see people older than you still playing it is very inspiring,” she said.

The World Masters Games will be held from April 21 to 30.

Busselton softball player Denise Haggerty will also be competing at the event.

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