Masters Games praise

SHOT: Barry Hutchinson, of the Port Pirie Croquet Club, plays a shot during the Come See Change Masters Games competition in Port Pirie.
SHOT: Barry Hutchinson, of the Port Pirie Croquet Club, plays a shot during the Come See Change Masters Games competition in Port Pirie.

The 2019 Port Pirie Come See Change Masters Games were declared a success.

With competitor numbers totalling 1200 across the event's 10 days, Mayor Leon Stephens paid tribute to the work by council staff and volunteers in helping to showcase the city to the rest of the state.

It was the first time in many years the event returned to Port Pirie, with games ambassador Mark Davis, a previous visitor the city, saying he had noticed changes in that time.

At a question-and-answer dinner at the function centre at Memorial Oval on Friday night, Davis - sitting alongside fellow ambassador Michelle den Dekker - said there were parts of Port Pirie that looked completely different to when he had visited previously.

Mayor Stephens described the games as a proud moment for council.

He also thanked ambassadors Mark and Michelle for their work across the 10 days and said they would be welcome back to the city anytime.

Council's events coordinator, Genevieve Pontikinas, described it as a huge 10 days and said it was the most satisfying achievement in her career so far.

"It was good to have such high numbers. We were happy with that," she said at Saturday night's closing ceremony.

"I know that a lot of people came to Port Pirie for our previous Masters Games ... it was fantastic to see all of their faces come back and see how Port Pirie has changed as well, and see our new facilities which we are so proud of."

"We hope you have been pleasantly surprised by our city," she told the city's visitors.

Sports SA chief executive officer, Leah Cassidy, praised the revamped sports precinct and said she had noticed the city's changes since she visited almost eight years ago.

"Port Pirie, you have done it again," she said. "You have put on 10 days of fantastic sporting activities.

"To have this fantastic facility as the backdrop to the 25 odd sports that have been on in the last 10 days is an absolute credit to the local council."