A former Sydney man has flown more than 4000km to Alice Springs for a game of baseball.
Darren Llewellyn is part of the Bulls Baseball Club, based in Adelaide, but flew all the way from Singapore where he now works and lives.
It is Llewellyn’s fifth Alice Springs Masters Games and he’s made the trek from the South East Asian nation each time.
“The Games are a chance to reconnect with friends from my old clubs, as well as meet new folks,” he said.
“An email goes out six months before the Games calling for people to confirm their place in the team and that’s when it’s decision time.
“From that point on it gets exciting.
“We’re all back in contact and emails fire backwards and forwards as we make plans from our corners of the globe.
“Hopefully we’ll play well enough to compete for a gold medal at the end of the week, but you can be sure the Bulls will make their mark on the Games in the social part of the week.”
The 46-year-old said he always enjoys his Alice Springs Masters Games experience.
“Even though we’re more seasoned, the competitiveness still bubbles up from time to time, and for a brief moment I forget the aches and pains, and the mind tries to convince the body to make the extra effort.”
Llewellyn was first invited to compete at the Games with mates from Sydney in 2008.
He came, saw, enjoyed and made the commitment to return in the future. He just didn’t relise that his future would be in Singapore.
Llewellyn has been involved with baseball for more than 30 years. He co-founded the Singapore Brewers baseball club in 2010.
“It’s a group of adult expats and beer aficionados competing in the national league,” he said.
In the past few years Llewellyn has transitioned to the off-field running of the club, but still makes the occasional on-field appearance.
“I’d hardly call it preparation for a serious Games campaign though.”
Llewellyn also competes in athletics events in his spare time to stay active and meet new people.