Celebrating three generations of volunteers and competitors

The Perry family (from left) Blaise, 19, Lana, 47, Marilyn, 76 and John, 79, are all volunteering...
The Perry family (from left) Blaise, 19, Lana, 47, Marilyn, 76 and John, 79, are all volunteering at the Masters Games together this week. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
Blaise Perry is following in her family’s footsteps.

The young Dunedin woman practically grew up around the New Zealand Masters Games — she remembers being given a Masters Games teddy when she was 8 — following her mother, Lana, and her grandparents, John and Marilyn, around their various sports and the games hub.

Blaise was eagerly waiting for the day she was old enough to give back to the games, and finally had the chance this week, volunteering alongside her mother and her grandparents.

The close-knit family were rapt to have three generations lending a hand at the games.

"I like being a part of things, I can’t wait to compete as well", Blaise said.

Watching her mother play badminton — Blaise coaches her mother’s team, the Shot Takers — and her grandparents cycling, and walking, through the years inspired her to get involved. She believed more people should take part in the games.

Lana also eagerly anticipated the day she would turn 35 and be eligible to compete in the badminton. She was excited to volunteer this year also.

"I love seeing all the different people that turn up in all their outfits. I think it’s fabulous, just the enjoyment that everybody brings to it.

"I really do think it’s something to look forward to."

She had been successful in previous games winning a gold with the Shot Takers and two in the doubles. Cut from the same cloth, her father accumulated 37 medals and her mother countless others through the years.

Marilyn and John started volunteering more than 10 years ago. They wanted to give back to the games that had given them so much during their sporting days.

"It’s a lot of fun. It’s great promoting the city.

"When we were competing we were grateful to the people that volunteered, so it’s sort of repaying that", Marilyn said.

She was thrilled to have their daughter, and granddaughter, alongside the couple this year.

"I’m quite proud; what else can you be?".

They praised the games organisers for their support and making them feel part of the team.