Donation Highlights Friendly Games Spirit

A disaster at the Dead Centre Bowhunters Club has been averted by the generosity of a local business.

On the eve of the 30th Anniversary, the club’s standalone power failed.

But local business Ogden Power came to the rescue, providing a complete portable solar hybrid power station for the duration of the Games.

Ogden Power owner Reed Ogden said the club approached him to look at its existing system to see what he could do.

“The battery was completely stuffed and there was nothing we could do,” he said.

“They needed power for fridges 24 hours a day and their canteen so we lent them the portable station which will provide all the power the club needs.

“It generates 15-16Kw a day. There are batteries and a diesel generator built in if the batteries get a bit low at night.

“But the batteries store 9Kw hours which is enough to power an average house overnight.

“The power station was designed and built here in Alice Springs.”

Mr Ogden said helping out the Bowhunters Club was what community was all about.

“The Alice Springs Masters Games is a great event and brings a lot of people to town – you can’t go past that.”

The Dead Centre Bowhunters Club is off Ilparpa Road, about 7km from the turn off for the Stuart Highway, south of Alice Springs.

Spectators are welcome and should follow the access road to the club area where directions to the shot will be given.

The club’s canteen, now that power is guaranteed, serves breakfast and lunch plus snacks, confectionery, soft drinks, tea and coffee.

Archery competition begins today and continues every morning until Saturday.

There are six bow classes and five age groups from 35 and older.