Room shortage hitting Masters Games

Organisers of the South Island Masters Games could be looking for personal homes to rent to accommodate entrants for the October event in Timaru.

A lack of motel and hotel accommodation is causing issues yet again for organisers.

Games manager Chris Thomas said the lack of accommodation for competitors was not a new issue, but it was usually something he had to deal with further down the track.

"The last eight times the games have been held here there's always a bit of pressure, but it's come much earlier this year.

"That's worrying as it could put teams off registering and that would impact the event," Thomas said.

The games will be held in Timaru from October 10 to 19.

Traditionally the last weekend has been the busiest period, with both netball and football taking place. There is also the final party for competitors on the Saturday night of the last weekend.

In 2012, 84 netball teams and 29 football teams took part. As of Monday, 71 netball teams and 14 football teams had registered, with the footballers being slow to register, Thomas said.

The best he could do now was to direct teams to hotels and motels in Temuka and Pleasant Point.

"That's not the preference by far, as most visiting teams want to stay in Timaru."

The other option organisers will explore is becoming a "connection point" for local people willing to rent out their homes to competitors.

"Ideally three- or four-bedroom homes that can cater to eight or nine people is what we would require.

"We're looking at the bigger picture and that is if we don't do this, there's potentially teams and competitors that aren't going to come."

The Timaru Herald