It was a match made in heaven for a team of ball players from Vancouver Island.
Three years ago, Loss of Gravity (LOG), made up of softball players from Campbell River, the Comox Valley and Victoria, made the commitment to attend the World Master Games in Auckland, New Zealand April 21-30 and they came home with the gold medal.
After many fundraising events and great support from all their home communities the ladies went undefeated in eight games to win the gold medal in the 45+ recreation division for softball.
LOG opened the tournament with a 11-1 over the Subway Sluggers from Prince Edward Island and followed that with a 9-5 victory over the North American Sisters from Ontario.
Next it was a 16-0 win over Canadian Silver Bullets from Northern Alberta and then a 7-0 shutout over Salish Nation from Kamloops area.
A 14-0 zip over Alberta Crude allowed LOG to to advance to playoff round where they finally played teams other than those from Canada.
First they beat the Demons from Perth, Australia 10-1 before guaranteeing themselves a medal with a 13 -3 over the Breakaway Reds of Australia.
In the final, LOG met PEI again and again scored 11 runs to win 11-4 and secure a gold medal.
All three medals went to Canadian teams.
For LOG pitcher Rosie Chrest it was a gold to add to the silver medal she won at the World Masters in 2002 in Melbourne, Australia. And for pitcher Tania Macdonald it was a great opportunity to return home to New Zealand where she played for the national ladies softball team .
The World Masters Games is the world’s largest multi-sport event and featured 28,000 registered athletes, supporters and officials from 100 countries globally.