Hundreds support Games Gallop

Councillors in kilts, fluoro hair and sporting legends Optus team
were the order of the day for the inaugural Cairns Regional Council Games Gallop charity fun run at Centenary Lakes yesterday.

About 150 people competed in fun run which was open to all ages – not just athletes competing in the 2019 Great Barrier Reef Masters Games.

Councillor Brett Olds, who wore a kilt for the 4km event, said the Gallop was a way for the whole community to embrace the 2019 Great Barrier Reef Masters Games.

“The Games Gallop provided a kick-start for the Master Games,” Cr Olds said. “It was a chance for everyone to be a part of the fun of the Games, whether or not you’re an athlete.

“We have had people dressed as unicorns running with former professional basketballers. It has certainly been a fun run in the true sense.

“The best part about this run is that is has also raised awareness on the issue of mental health. When I speak to some of the athletes competing in the Masters Games, especially those who played sport professionally, mental health is a big issue for them as they try to deal with a world without playing sport for a living. The Master Games provides an outlet to get back on the court and to meet up with mates – that is the heart of a Masters competition.

“The highlight of the event was our major sponsor Optus handing over $5000 to the Dr Edward Koch Foundation. This money combined with what was raised through entries and fundraising activities will go a long way to helping the Foundation with their work in the community.”

The 2019 Great Barrier Reef Masters Games are presented by Cairns Regional Council and proudly supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of its growing calendar of events in Tropical North Queensland.

For information on the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games visit