Between 10th – 18th October, Sydney will host the 2009 World Masters Games.
The games, which are supported by the IOC, are designed to encourage mature athletes, of any ability, to partake competitively in the sport they play for pleasure.
This year’s games have attracted a record 28,000 competitors in 28 sports. This compares to the 2000 Olympics which had 10,600 competitors and the same number of sports.
One of our Directors, Clive Hughes, has entered the 70km road race for 50-54 year olds and is using the occasion to raise funds for the MicroLoan Foundation, so we can provide more loans to rural women in the Mulange region of Malawi.
Although Clive has cycled from childhood, he is only a recent convert to racing, and he believes that the Lance Armstrongs from yesteryear are probably safe from his cycling attacks. The winning speed for the last games in Edmonton 2005, was at an average of 38.5kph, whilst Clive is hoping to come in the top 50 with an average time of around 32.0 kph. The road race competition is being held at the Eastern Creek Raceway, and Clive’s race will be the last held at the competition, starting at 3pm Saturday 17th October.
So come on, let’s encourage Clive to exceed his targeted average speed, by pledging him a certain amount (such as $1.00) per kph average speed. The more you all pledge, the harder he is likely to go to exceed that 32.0 kph target.
Also, if you can make it out to Eastern Creek, come out and support Clive and watch some high level racing without having to catch a flight to rural France.
To pledge, simply send cut and paste (and fill in) the template below and email to MastersRace@mlfa.org.au
Sponsorship – World Masters Games 2009.
Road Cycle Race
I pledge to Give to the MicroLoan Foundation the following sponsorship in respect of the World Masters Games performance of Clive Hughes
$_____ per kph average speed
(eg $1 and 33.0kph actual av speed = $33 sponsorship)
$______ Fixed Gift