Penticton’s Robin George and Carie Phillip joined a Thunderbirds alumni team that competed in the World Masters Games in New Zealand, April 21 to 30. The team is pictured with the Australian team they played. Submitted photo

Soccer player loved Games experience

Soccer player loved her experience at the World Masters Games in New Zealand

Growing up Robin George always wanted to travel and play soccer.

It just never worked out until the last few years. George was in Auckland, New Zealand for the World Masters Games held in April, where joined by Carie Phillip, she teamed up with a mostly native team of Thunderbird alumni. They played seven games, including two playoff matches, and place fourth among 20 teams. The team was hoping to return with a medal.

“It was awesome,” said George, as they played a team from Australia, New Zealand, U.S.A and Vancouver. “The top three teams were really good. They were a bit above our group.”

Most of the games they played on were turf fields, except for the bronze medal game was played on grass.

“The pitch was perfect,” she said.

George said the $3,000 trip was paid for through fundraising events over four years. She has played in the World Masters Games in Italy and plans to go to Japan in four years.