Gallery: Thousands enjoy sports of all sorts

UNDERWATER photography and an evening of bridge are among the more unique events to feature in this year’s South West Games.

And traditional sports such as hockey, soccer, athletics and karate have attracted strong entries as the 30th annual Games gain momentum.

The South West Games officially got under way last Friday night and wrap up on Sunday.

More than 600 people are taking part in about 60 events, and organisers estimate a boost of $600,000 to the south-west Victorian economy.

South West Sport executive officer Mike Neoh said he had been buoyed by the response to the Games from event organisers and participants.

He said the presence of Camperdown Paralympic gold medallist Josh Hose at events last weekend had been a hit.

“The key to the Games is there are so many sports that go on that are unnoticed,” he said.

“A lot of the sport tourism — not just the South West Games but during the year — is from clubs who will run championships or titles.

“A good example is the BMX at the weekend. 

“It wasn’t a Games event — they’ve got theirs coming.

“But there are so many minor sports that bring people into town.

“The South West Games highlight that over the Games’ period.”

Neoh said the scuba diving photography event, on Sunday, highlighted the diversity.

“I went and had a look at their website and there were some brilliant photos taken,” he said.

“When we talk about sport we talk about traditional sports, but active recreation — there are a lot of things that come under that banner.”

The Warrnambool District Hockey Association is staging three days of competition.

It is the most popular sport on the program. 

More than 600 people will have stepped onto the Albert Park courts by the end of this weekend.

WDHA president Tomas Tait said 22 teams would compete in the men’s and women’s competitions this weekend, with matches running from 8am until potentially 10pm.

“We’re running two grounds — our turf and we’re also running the old ground three, which is good in a way,” he said.

“Grass hockey is completely different to turf hockey.”

Eman Akang, from Warrnambool All Stars, looks for a way through traffic.

Eman Akang, from Warrnambool All Stars, looks for a way through traffic.

Horsham player Joaquin Yobanolo passes forward.

Horsham player Joaquin Yobanolo passes forward.

 Eli Slatter, from the Warrnambool All Stars, gets away from Matt Boyle, Warrnambool Hammers.

Eli Slatter, from the Warrnambool All Stars, gets away from Matt Boyle, Warrnambool Hammers.

Warrnambool player Steve McDonald hooks the ball towards goal.

Warrnambool player Steve McDonald hooks the ball towards goal.

Horsham player Oguzhan Kocak stretches to get around Warrnambool player Seif Sakate.

Horsham player Oguzhan Kocak stretches to get around Warrnambool player Seif Sakate.

Eli Slatter, from the Warrnambool All Stars, controls the ball.

Eli Slatter, from the Warrnambool All Stars, controls the ball.

Warrnambool player Johnny McMillan looks to pass.

Warrnambool player Johnny McMillan looks to pass.

Warrnambool player Seif Sakate tries to control the ball.

Warrnambool player Seif Sakate tries to control the ball.

Horsham player Travis McClurg chips the ball over Warrnambool player Jeff Morland, during the South West Games soccer tournament.

Horsham player Travis McClurg chips the ball over Warrnambool player Jeff Morland, during the South West Games soccer tournament.

Wimmera (yellow) vs Warrnambool Strikers at Albert Park Warrnambool.

Wimmera (yellow) vs Warrnambool Strikers at Albert Park Warrnambool.

Wimmera (yellow) vs Warrnambool Strikers at Albert Park Warrnambool.

Wimmera (yellow) vs Warrnambool Strikers at Albert Park Warrnambool.

Wimmera (yellow) vs Warrnambool Strikers at Albert Park Warrnambool.

Wimmera (yellow) vs Warrnambool Strikers at Albert Park Warrnambool.

Wimmera (yellow) vs Warrnambool Strikers at Albert Park Warrnambool.

Wimmera (yellow) vs Warrnambool Strikers at Albert Park Warrnambool.

Wimmera (yellow) vs Warrnambool Strikers at Albert Park Warrnambool.

Wimmera (yellow) vs Warrnambool Strikers at Albert Park Warrnambool.

Wimmera (yellow) vs Warrnambool Strikers at Albert Park Warrnambool.

Wimmera (yellow) vs Warrnambool Strikers at Albert Park Warrnambool.

Aaron Robson from Warrnambool at Albert Park.

Aaron Robson from Warrnambool at Albert Park.

Ballarat Red v Warrnambool White Team Albert Park.

Ballarat Red v Warrnambool White Team Albert Park.

Ballarat Red v Warrnambool White Team Albert Park.

Ballarat Red v Warrnambool White Team Albert Park.

Jeff Sly, from Win News, umpires the hockey action.

Jeff Sly, from Win News, umpires the hockey action.

Ballarat Red v Warrnambool White Team Albert Park.

Ballarat Red v Warrnambool White Team Albert Park.

Ballarat Red v Warrnambool White Team Albert Park.

Ballarat Red v Warrnambool White Team Albert Park.

Ballarat Red v Warrnambool White Team Albert Park.

Ballarat Red v Warrnambool White Team Albert Park.

Ballarat Red v Warrnambool White Team Albert Park.

Ballarat Red v Warrnambool White Team Albert Park.

Bailey Philp, 10, hitting and watched by teammate Fraser Marris, 10, from Warrnambool Primary School.

Bailey Philp, 10, hitting and watched by teammate Fraser Marris, 10, from Warrnambool Primary School.

Fraser Marris, 10, hitting and watched by teammate Bailey Philp, 10, from Warrnambool Primary School.

Fraser Marris, 10, hitting and watched by teammate Bailey Philp, 10, from Warrnambool Primary School.

Pratheek Josy 10 hitting and watched by teammate Thomas Smith 10 from Warrnambool Primary School.

Pratheek Josy 10 hitting and watched by teammate Thomas Smith 10 from Warrnambool Primary School.

Thomas Crothers from Woodford Primary School.

Thomas Crothers from Woodford Primary School.

Joseph Sycopoulis from East Warrnambool Primary School.

Joseph Sycopoulis from East Warrnambool Primary School.

Joseph Sycopoulis from East Warrnambool Primary School.

Joseph Sycopoulis from East Warrnambool Primary School.

Jackson Grundy, 11, from Woodford Primary School and Harry Rooke from East Warrnambool Primary School.

Jackson Grundy, 11, from Woodford Primary School and Harry Rooke from East Warrnambool Primary School.

Harry Rooke from East Warrnambool Primary School.

Harry Rooke from East Warrnambool Primary School.

Harry Rooke from East Warrnambool Primary School.

Harry Rooke from East Warrnambool Primary School.

Jackson Grundy, 11, from Woodford Primary school.

Jackson Grundy, 11, from Woodford Primary school.

Andrew Suggett, of Warrnambool, rolls his putt towards the hole.

Andrew Suggett, of Warrnambool, rolls his putt towards the hole.

Kevin Goggin, of Warrnambool, taps in the short putt.

Kevin Goggin, of Warrnambool, taps in the short putt.

Euan Cameron, of Warrnambool.

Euan Cameron, of Warrnambool.

Euan Cameron, of Warrnambool, checks the line of his putt.

Euan Cameron, of Warrnambool, checks the line of his putt.

 John Nisbet, of Warrnambool, tees off.

John Nisbet, of Warrnambool, tees off.

 Pat Gleeson, of Warrnambool, tees off.

Pat Gleeson, of Warrnambool, tees off.

 Ian Heard, of Warrnambool, watches his tee shot.

Ian Heard, of Warrnambool, watches his tee shot.

Pat Gleeson, of Warrnambool.

Pat Gleeson, of Warrnambool.

Brian Porra, of Warrnambool, rolls in the short putt.

Brian Porra, of Warrnambool, rolls in the short putt.

 Marion McKenzie, of Warrnambool, chips to the green.

Marion McKenzie, of Warrnambool, chips to the green.

 Sue Haylock, of Warrnambool, plays out of the rough.

Sue Haylock, of Warrnambool, plays out of the rough.

Thomas McKenzie, 5, from the Warrnambool Special Developmental School takes part in the riding for the disabled section, with volunteer Brenda Hetherington lending a hand.

Thomas McKenzie, 5, from the Warrnambool Special Developmental School takes part in the riding for the disabled section, with volunteer Brenda Hetherington lending a hand.

Thomas McKenzie has fun with volunteer Brenda Hetherington.

Thomas McKenzie has fun with volunteer Brenda Hetherington.

Volunteer Erika Hyland leads five-year-old Thomas McKenzie, with volunteer Colleen Fawkes and volunteer Brenda Hetherington.

Volunteer Erika Hyland leads five-year-old Thomas McKenzie, with volunteer Colleen Fawkes and volunteer Brenda Hetherington.

Terang dojo karate fighter Michael Hoey shows the spoils of battle.

Terang dojo karate fighter Michael Hoey shows the spoils of battle.